Monday, October 18, 2010

In yet another sign that Citizens United has only served to make our elections less open, non-profit groups have been emboldened by the Supreme Court Decision to go from merely claiming issue ads were non-political to creating ads that directly endorse one candidate over another.

"Before the Supreme Court’s landmark campaign finance ruling in January, nonprofit groups like American Future Fund, able to accept unrestricted contributions from individuals and corporations, had been limited to broadcasting “issue ads” and barred from “express advocacy,” advertisements that directly urge voters to elect or defeat specific candidates.

Now, in the aftermath of the court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, third-party groups in growing numbers have been flocking to this sharper form of messaging in the closing weeks of the campaign."

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