U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Anti-Abortion Group Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal from a Maine anti-abortion group that would allow corporations to disregard campaign spending rules except when they explicitly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate. The Main Right to Life Committee Inc. sued the Federal Election Commission over regulations that prohibited the publication of voter records and guides. FEC laws banned corporations from contacting the candidate during formation of a guide publication and required equal space to all candidates in the publication.

Although U.S. District Judge Borck Hornby ruled in favor of the Committee in Clifton vs. FEC, declaring the FEC could not enforce the regulations, the anti-abortion group appealed on the grounds that the judge did not rule on all limitations put in place by the FEC.


AP - February 23, 1998

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