Federal Election Commission Asks High Court to Expedite Campaign Ad Case

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The Federal Election Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speed up its review of a recent decision that held unconstitutional part of a 2003 campaign reform law as applied to three radio ads.

Oklahoma officials who oversee campaign finance requirements have expressed concern about the ruling, pointing out that Oklahoma's campaign finance regulations are based on the federal law.

On Thursday, U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, representing the FEC, urged the court to hear the case during its current term.

Clement said the relevant sections of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act next come into play on Dec. 15 of this year, 30 days before the Iowa caucus set for Jan. 14, 2008. It might be feasible for the court to hear the case early next term and render a decision before that window opens, Clement said.

"Nevertheless, both the commission and regulated parties may benefit if the court were to hear argument and decide this case during the current term," he told the court.

The law survived a facial challenge before the court in 2003. The latest case, filed by Wisconsin Right to Life Inc. …