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U.S. District Court Judge Paul Crotty was surprisingly overruled on appeal in a case brought by forces allied with GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, challenging the state’s $150,000 individual limit on political action committee contributions.

The case, presented as a First Amendment issue, of course has implications beyond the mayoral race.

For those interested in the who's-who of things: Crotty, like Lhota, once served in the Giuliani administration as corporation counsel. Crotty’s wife Jane ran unsuccessfully for City Council as a Democrat in the 1990s on Manhattan’s East Side. Their son John Crotty served as executive vice-president of the city’s Housing Development Corporation under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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The judge’s brother Jerry Crotty was a top aide to former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.

Here’s Emily Ngo’s story on the ruling.