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Ohio: federal court stays out of issue advocacy fight

AP reports: Federal courts don't have authority to get involved in a squabble between election officials and a pro-business group that ran negative ads against Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick in the 2000 election, an appeals court has ruled.

Citizens for a Strong Ohio, an "issue-advocacy" group formed by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, had sought a federal ruling that its free-speech rights were violated by the Ohio Elections Commission and state court rulings ordering it to disclose contributors' names.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 3 upheld the 2003 dismissal of the complaint by U.S. District Court in Columbus because of the pending state action. -- firstamendmentcenter.org: news