Foundation for Limited Government argues for strict reading of campaign-finance law
The Montgomery Advertiser reports: A group that has helped fund challengers to Republican incumbents in Tuesday's GOP primary told the Alabama attorney general's office in April that its advertisements were for educational, not electioneering purposes.
In correspondence obtained by the Advertiser, J. Brandon Rice, an Opelika attorney representing the Alabama Foundation for Limited Government, said television spots that featured both Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston and House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn -- and which sparked a formal complaint from Marsh -- were not meant to influence an election, but to encourage voters and politicians to sign a pledge circulated by the organization.
Rice wrote that the Foundation did not have to follow laws requiring disclosure of its finances because it was not trying to influence the election.
"Since the Foundation is not engaged in electioneering communications, it is not required to file reports of its contributions and expenditures," Rice wrote. -- Ads don't violate campaign finance law, Foundation says