First Amendment Victory

The Supreme Court solidified Free Speech rights today.  It upheld an appeals court ruling that said that the blackout dates on issue ads are unconstitutional.  This was a key part of the McCain, Finegold, Meehan, Shays legislation.  I can’t think of a better going away present for Congressman Meehan than to have a significant portion of his law deemed unconstitutional. Congrats!

The Supreme Court loosened restrictions Monday on corporate- and union-funded television ads that air close to elections, weakening a key provision of a landmark campaign finance law.

The court, split 5-4, upheld an appeals court ruling that an anti-abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections.

The case involved advertisements that Wisconsin Right to Life was prevented from broadcasting. The ads asked voters to contact the state’s two senators, Democrats Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, and urge them not to filibuster President Bush’s judicial nominees.

This is why the Supreme Court Matters.

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