Court up­holds dis­clo­sures in is­sue ads

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The Supreme Court has up­held a re­quire­ment that groups say who is pay­ing for is­sue ad­ver­tis­ing di­rected at can­di­dates in an ap­proach­ing elec­tion.

On Mon­day, the jus­tices af­firmed a lower court de­ci­sion in a case in­volv­ing ads that men­tion can­di­dates but don’t call for the elec­tion or de­feat of one.

The case in­volved a con­ser­va­tive Colorado think tank called the In­de­pen­dence In­sti­tute and ads that it wanted to run in 2014 that men­tioned U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Ben­net, both Colorado Democrats. Udall lost his 2014 re-elec­tion bid, while Ben­net won a sec­ond term in 2016. The In­de­pen­dence In­sti­tute said it wanted to run a sim­i­lar spot in 2016.

The group ob­jected to re­veal­ing the names of its largest con­trib­u­tors, say­ing they had a First Amend­ment right to anony­mous po­lit­i­cal speech.

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