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Former Justice Stevens to talk campaign finance

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By PHILIP ELLIOTT

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is among those urging Congress to rein in spending on elections.

The retired justice is scheduled to testify Wednesday during a Senate hearing on campaign finance rules, which have been eased in recent court decisions that opened door for super PACs that can accept unlimited donations.

Stevens strongly disagreed with those rulings. Since his retirement, the justices have gone a step further by striking down an aggregate limit on total giving.

At issue are the millions of dollars that influence elections with various degrees of openness.

Under the existing rules, individuals and corporations can write unlimited checks to independent political committees, while other groups can accept cash without disclosing the donors' identities for months or years -- if ever.

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