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Supreme Court to consider PACs' campaign spending

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to examine the impact of political-action committee spending on presidential campaigns but ignored pleas from the Democrats and the Federal Election Commission to hear the case before the November election.

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The justices will consider whether independent political-action committees (PACs) can legally spend millions of dollars on presidential campaigns. The dispute centers on nearly $14 million spent by such committees to back President Reagan's 1980 campaign.

The court will hear a challenge next winter to a lower-court ruling that struck down the federal limits on the amount independent PACs can spend on behalf of a presidential candidate during the general election.

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