The Brennan Center, alongside a coalition of law firms, state lawmakers and others on Tuesday announced they had filed a suit against the Board of Elections to end the practice of a network of limited liability companies contributing endless cash to political candidates.

The lawsuit is the latest in the effort to end the LLC “loophole” this year.

The Board of Elections’ commissioners earlier in the year were deadlocked over a proposed regulation that would have treated individual LLCs linked to a specific contributor as a single donor.

An effort to curtail LLC political giving legislatively stalled in the Senate at the end of the legislative session, which concluded last month.

“By treating LLCs as individuals rather than artificial business entities like corporations or partnerships, the Board of Elections created a gaping hole at the heart of our state’s legislatively enacted campaign finance system,” said Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. “It defies common sense and state law.”

The plaintiffs in the suit include Republican former Sen. John Dunne, Democratic Sens. Liz Krueger and Daniel Squadron, Democratic Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and SUNY New Paltz Professor Gerald Benjamin, the father of Capital Tonight anchor Liz Benjamin.

In addition, the law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP is also listed as a plaintiff in the challenge.

“At a time when New York government is in crisis thanks to a series of high-profile corruption scandals, the Board has opted to perpetuate its deeply flawed rule that enables frequent and harmful circumvention of the law,” said Elizabeth S. Saylor, a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP. “The LLC Loophole undermines the New York State Legislature’s clear intent to control campaign contributions by limiting the donations permitted and mandating full disclosure of donors. It must be closed.”

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