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Appeals court strikes down state ban on direct spending by corporations

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal appeals court Wednesday struck down key aspects of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws as unconstitutional, including the state's ban on direct spending by corporations.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Right to Life, with the court saying the state can't ban political spending by corporations or cap how much they raise for affiliated political action committees.

It also struck down some rules on so-called issue advocacy that required groups to report their donors and follow numerous other rules if they support or oppose a specific candidate. The appeals court says those rules apply only if the ads use phrases such as "vote for," "elect" or "vote against."

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