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Supreme Court refuses to hear two campaign-regulation cases

SCOTUSblog reports: Opening its new Term on Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed a new attempt to test the federal limit on "electioneering broadcasts" during campaign season. In a one-line order, the Court dismissed as moot the appeal in Christian Civic League of Maine v. Federal Election Commission, et al. (docket 05-1447).This was an appeal from denial of a preliminary injunction in a case involving an "as-applied" challenge to the new federal campaign finance law's restrictions on radio and TV ads by corporations and labor unions close to election time. This marked the second loss in a week for the Maine group; its plea for a permanent injunction was dismissed in U.S. District Court last week, also as moot.

In another order, the Court refused to hear a challenge to the power of state governments to put limits on such election-time communications. That case involved an Alaska law that goes considerably beyond federal law in curbing such communications. The Court denied the petition in Alaska Right to Life Committee v. Miles, et al. (06-124) without comment. -- SCOTUSblog: Orders and Opinions

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