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Friday, December 22, 2006

McCain-Feingold Takes Hit

Eat this, McCain!!!

By Stephen Dinan
December 22, 2006

Political groups have a constitutional right to run issue ads that
include the name of a candidate for office even in the contentious days
before an election, a panel of federal judges ruled yesterday in the first
major dent in the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law.

Under that law, ads that interest groups ran 60 days before an election
or 30 days before a primary were assumed to be aimed at influencing
voters if they mentioned a candidate for federal office.

But in a 2-1 ruling, the panel yesterday said three ads from Wisconsin
Right to Life (WRTL) in 2004 were issue ads rather than election ads
and cannot be banned outright. The panel said permitting such ads should
be decided based on the individual content...

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Hat Tip: Tim Peck