Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Campaign Finance Rules

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal appeals court has declared key aspects of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws unconstitutional, including a ban on direct spending by corporations.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling came Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Right to Life.

The court says the state can't ban political spending by corporations or cap how much they raise for affiliated political action committees.

It also struck down some rules on so-called issue advocacy. Groups have been required to report their donors and follow numerous other rules if they support or oppose a specific candidate. The appeals court says those rules apply only if the ads use phrases such as "vote for," "elect" or "vote against."

It says merely mentioning a candidate is not enough.

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