Law Firm Supports Broadcasters Over Political Ad Prohibition
July 31, 2009 at 3:03 PM (PT)
The law firm WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE has filed a brief in the U.S SUPREME COURT on behalf of 10 state broadcasters associations in CITIZENS UNITED v. FEC. The High Court will rule whether to strike down the MCCAIN-FEINGOLD law’s ban on corporate and union "electioneering communications."
The broadcast interests argue that broadcast media (as well as cable and satellite) are unconstitutionally singled out by not being able to accept corporate and union political ads during the weeks prior to an election. "THE SUPREME COURT has invited interested parties to file briefs regarding this restriction," said WOMBLE CARLYLE attorney and former FEC General Counsel LAWRENCE H. NORTON. "Our clients’ brief gives the Court a unique perspective on the threat to First Amendment rights when the government determines which media may be used for political speech." NORTON and WOMBLE CARLYLE lawyers GREGG SKALL and JAMES KAHL authored the broadcasters brief.
"Broadcasters must be vigilant to repel encroachments on the First Amendment," stated MISSOURI BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION Pres. DON HICKS. "I am pleased that 10 state broadcaster associations have come together to stand up for this principle."
For reference, here's the Court’s most recent order on the constitutionality of prohibiting corporate and labor financing of election-related communications visit.
Here's the original order identifying the issues before the Court.