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Why Advertisers Are Lining Up Against McCain-Feingold

As Rules Are Rewritten, FEC Must Protect Commercial Speech

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Earlier this year, in the landmark campaign-finance decision Federal Election Commission vs. Wisconsin Right to Life, the U.S. Supreme Court removed barriers on ads financed by corporations that mention a federal candidate and are run in the days before an election. This decision freed corporations -- advocacy groups, trade associations, and for-profit businesses -- to pursue more robust communications strategies. But as the Federal Election Commission turns to writing regulations to implement this decision, the extent of advertisers' rights remains in question. READ MORE
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