Friday, December 22, 2006

“The context surrounding these ads, and not just the text and the face of these ads, must be considered in making this determination.”

The campaign-finance law limits on political ads in the weeks before elections were overturned by a court yesterday. The next step is the Supreme Court. If the SC upholds the lower court's ruling, then a significant piece of the 2002 McCain-Feingold finance law will be overturned.

The main ground for objecting to the law was freedom of speech. They had a real point. The law limited the ways in which groups could advertise their stances on policy issues in the weeks before elections.

It's interesting that the petitioner in this case, Wisconsin Right to Life, is aligned with the ACLU on this one issue: strike down the campaign finance law.

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