Groups Want Rules on Ads, Elections:


The AFL-CIO, the Chamber of Commerce, and other groups are asking the FEC to write new guidelines for political activity by outside groups in the months immediately preceding elections, according to the Washington Times. In January, Wisconsin Right to Life challenged the 30- to 60-day prohibition on outside groups that take corporate or union money from running advocacy ads that mention a candidate’s name. The Supreme Court ruled that “grass-roots groups have ways to lobby and mention the name of a federal candidate without being seen as actively campaigning.” The groups petitioning the FEC are asking for guidelines on what they can or cannot do in time for the 2006 elections.