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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Essential Estrogen: Iowa Broadcasters Likely First to Feel Impact of SCOTUS Ruling

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Don't like political advertising? Better find and hide under a very
big rock. With its first-in-the-nation status, Iowa stands on the
front lines in a national debate over campaign finance reform. The
U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a 5-4 decision that, by passing
the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as
"McCain-Feingold" for its sponsors), Congress overstepped its
authority to regulate political speech. The case, Federal Elections
Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, focused on the portion of the
law that prohibits organizations such as WRTL from using corporate
funds to broadcast advertisements targeted at a specific candidate
within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary
or caucus. Readers should not be distracted by WRTL being a party in
the suit. The issue of free speech was being pressed from both sides
of the political spectrum. Organizations and agencies supporting WRTL
in this effort included the American Civil Liberties Union, the
National Rifle Association, the American Federation of Labor and the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others.


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