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Wis. Supreme Court blocks political ad rule


MADISON (WKOW)-- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has temporarily halted enforcement of a new Wisconsin rule regulating political issue ads that's been the subject of multiple lawsuits by both liberal and conservative activist groups.


In a 4-3 decision issued late Friday, justices granted an injunction request by a variety of Wisconsin tea party groups in a lawsuit challenging the regulation in state court. The rule requires groups running so-called issue ads to disclose where they get their money and how they spend it.

The state Government Accountability Board had reached an agreement earlier this week with plaintiffs in a separate federal lawsuit to not enforce the rule, though a federal judge refused to sign off on that agreement.

The board's director had said the agency wouldn't enforce the rule anyway, but the temporary injunction from the state high court makes that a certainty.

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