Federal Judge to Wait for Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling on Campaign Financing

Oct 7, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
Federal Judge to Wait for Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling on Campaign Financing

A Milwaukee federal judge has decided to delay ruling on a lawsuit over regulations that require public disclosures for those paying for political advertisements in Wisconsin, BusinessWeek.com reports.

U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert recently ruled that he would wait for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide in a similar case, which was brought by tea party and other conservative groups, the news provider said. A third case with similar goals was also filed recently by two partisan advocacy groups in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, according to the news source.

Each of the lawsuits filed against the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board argue that the new rules requiring corporations to disclose political advertisement spending violate free speech rights.

Last month, the state Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction that barred the rules from taking effect, BusinessWeek said.

The federal judge ruling in Wisconsin comes as a Minnesota federal judge also recently refused to interfere with a similar state law that revealed political donations from companies including Target Corporation. The Minnesota Judge said the public has a right to know who speaks and pays for those messages as the election nears, the Associated Press reports.