Solicitor General opposes Wisconsin RTL request
AP reports: A Bush administration lawyer on Monday urged the Supreme Court to reject a Wisconsin anti-abortion group's effort to run ads that criticize Democrats.
A 2002 campaign finance law restricts election-time commercials. Wisconsin Right to Life contends that its radio and television ads that mention Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat up for re-election, are not political campaigning. The ads complain about "gridlock" in the Senate in confirming President Bush's choice of judges.
The group has asked Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to let the ads air.
Paul Clement, the acting solicitor general, said in a filing on behalf of the Federal Election Commission that many groups would want to get around the law's restrictions. -- Administration opposes Wis. Right to Life effort (AP via philly.com)