Contribution limits in the Illinois comptroller's race were lifted Sunday after Republican incumbent Leslie Munger's campaign received a $260,000 loan from her husband, Politico reports.
The caps on campaign contributions can be removed in the comptroller's race if a candidate gets a donation of at least $250,000.
Munger is facing a challenge from Democrat Susana Mendoza, who is currently Chicago's city clerk.
Now that contribution limits have been busted in the comptroller's race, Mendoza's campaign said the Republican incumbent can "take unlimited money from Governor Rauner, either directly from him or laundered through the Republican Party that he bought with over $20 million in personal contributions."
"Either way," the Mendoza camp said in a statement, "Leslie Munger will continue to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Governor, not the independent financial watchdog Illinois desperately needs."
Munger's campaign fired back at Mendoza, saying the Democrat "has proven herself to Speaker Madigan by delivering ten years of votes for his unbalanced budgets, tax increases and pension holidays. In return, he has ensured she has the special interest resources she needs for her campaign."
"With this contribution, Comptroller Munger is balancing the playing field and demonstrating her complete commitment to standing up for Illinois taxpayers," the Munger camp added in a statement, according to Politico.