SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CN) – Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the campaign reform legislation he had promoted earlier this year. The bill would have limited campaign contributions for the first time in Illinois, which has been wracked by repeated political corruption scandals.
The caps would have been set at $5,000 per candidate per year from any individual and $10,000 annually from any political action committee. The limits are twice as high as federal standards.
Critics claimed that the limits were too high and that loopholes made them impotent. The impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich left legislators feeling they had to do something. “When I testified for the bill (in May), I said it was a good first step,” Quinn told The Associated Press. “Since that time, we’ve heard from many, many in Illinois (who) felt we should go back to the drawing board.”