Court hears group’s appeal on ‘issue advocacy’ ads
A conservative group critical of President Obama over abortion policy has asked an appeals court in Virginia to declare certain federal campaign restrictions unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments Wednesday. A ruling is expected in a few weeks.
The group called the Real Truth About Obama Inc. is challenging Federal Election Commission regulations governing organizations that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate. The organization claims its “issue advocacy” amounts to constitutionally protected free speech.
The Fredericksburg, Va.-based organization was formed by abortion opponents before Mr. Obama’s 2008 election. It wants to run ads on its website and on conservative talk shows. Mr. Obama supports abortion rights a state law that requires candidates to be residents of the county in which they register to vote. However, Mr. Gale said the U.S. Constitution requires only that Senate candidates be a resident of the state they serve by the time they’re elected.
The White House referred questions to Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign. Mrs. Obama’s campaign spokeswoman Olivia Alair called the joke “inappropriate” but declined further comment. lawyer from Middleton, remains in the race but would need at least 15 percent support at the Democratic State Convention in June to qualify for the September primary ballot.