“Delaware wins appeal, can enforce law on election advertising”


A federal appeals court said Delaware may enforce a state election law requiring advocacy groups that run political advertising to reveal their donors.

Thursday’s 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed a lower court ruling that had favored Delaware Strong Families, a conservative-leaning group that publishes “voter guides” ahead of elections.

The group objected to a 2013 state law requiring third-party advertisers to reveal their donors’ identities if they spend more than $500 in an election cycle on ads that refer to specific candidates, even if they do not recommend how to vote.

You can read the Third Circuit’s opinion here.

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