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2nd Lawsuit Filed Against State's Campaign Finance Law


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A second lawsuit has been filed against Wisconsin’s newest campaign finance law.

Wisconsin Right to Life and its political action committee filed suit in federal court against a new state rule on issue ads – which praise or criticize a candidate on an issue, but do not say to vote for or against the person.

The law requires outside groups to say where they get the money for the issue ads they run within 30 days of a primary, and 60 days of a general election. The right to life group says it puts a clamp on free speech.

The conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth and the liberal One Wisconsin Now gave the same opinion when they filed a joint lawsuit against the new law. The Government Accountability Board put it into effect on August 1st.

After the first suit was filed, board director Kevin Kennedy said the panel spent over a year getting input on the new rule – and making sure it passes constitutional muster.