Tarrant campaign spending triggers federal law provisions

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Spending by U.S. Senate candidate Rich Tarrant has triggered provisions in federal law that give his rival Bernie Sanders more leeway in raising money for his own campaign.

Tarrant has given his campaign about $6 million of his own money.

That has triggered provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law that are designed to help other candidates match self-funding by wealthy office-seekers.

The provision is known as the millionaire’s amendment. It already allows Sanders to take contributions of up to $6,300. That’s up from the usual limit of $2,100.

If Tarrant spends more he could trigger higher limits on individual contributions to Sanders, and remove all limits on what the national Deomcratic party could put into Sanders’ campaign.

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