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Judge Randa agrees to pause campaign finance lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to temporarily put on hold a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s campaign coordination law and how it applies in cases involving political speech.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa issued an order Thursday agreeing with a joint request made by the conservative group Citizens for a Responsible Government and the state elections board asking that the lawsuit be paused.

CRG intends to pursue the case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Government Accountability Board has agreed not to enforce the law against CRG in the meantime.

The law is at the center of an investigation into Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups. Randa blocked enforcement of it last month while the CRG lawsuit was pending.

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