“District Court Ruling on Funding Disclosure Halts ‘Electioneering Communication’ Filings”

Bloomberg BNA breaks news: “A recent federal district court decision requiring disclosure of funding sources for political ads—known as “electioneering communications”—appears to have brought a halt to such communications nationwide, according to a BNA review of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.”

More: “The FEC rules for independent expenditures were not affected by the Van Hollen case and some groups continue to make such expenditures without disclosing funding sources, [Robert] Kelner indicated. He added that this was a ‘very paradoxical’ result because independent expenditures include spending on messages that explicitly back candidates, while electioneering communications ostensibly focus more on policy issues.”

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