The campaign of House Speaker Jim Black appears to have violated campaign contribution limits to other candidates in five instances for the 2004 primary. That's according to investigators for the State Board of
Elections. State law limits donations from one candidate's committee to
another to four-thousand dollars in each election. The election's board staff found that Blacks' campaign donated more than that limit during the 2004 primary season to five campaigns. John Wallace, an attorney for Black, said that to the extent the information is accurate, the contributions appear to be excessive and there should be refunds. Wallace says that in some cases, the donations from Black's campaign to the campaigns in question were months apart. Some of the contributions came while reports still were being filed for the 2002 election cycle, and Wallace says that can give rise to problems.