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November 17, 2006

Some "Voter Guides" Considered Independent Expenditures

The Sierra Club has settled a case with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) which will change the working definition of so-called "voter guides." The Hill reports that...

The settlement provides a bit more clarity to a Supreme Court decision, McConnell v. FEC, that found that the definition of what constitutes express advocacy goes beyond so-called “magic words,” such as “vote for” or “vote against.” That had been the previous standard used.
More analysis and opinion at Marketplace.

Associations that have used general funds for voter guides will want to be extra cautious about this practice, and should consult their attorney.


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