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    Mass. Campaign Finance Regulators Consider Lowering Union Campaign Contribution

    Massachusetts campaign finance regulators are considering lowering the amount a labor union can contribute to a political candidate.

    Unions can currently donate up to $15,000 to a candidate annually. The Office of Campaign and Political Finance wants to lower that to $1,000.

    That would match the amount that an individual can contribute per year. The move would also limit annual contributions to a political action committee at $500 and to a political party at $5,000.

    The agency unveiled the proposal in a draft regulation. The plan will be the subject of public hearings.

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    Critics have long faulted what they called the "union loophole," saying it gave labor organization an unfair advantage with elected officials.

    The state bans political contributions from corporations.

    A final version of the regulations is expected May 1.

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