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Ads On Candidates' Views Not Necessarily Subject to Disclosure Rules

April 22, 2006 - Posted at 12:55 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The state Ethics Commission says the

anti-abortion group -- Arkansas Right to Life -- doesn't have to

disclose its finances to campaign finance regulators if the group

decides to run ads critical of certain political candidates. The

ethics panel says such ads are considered protected by the right of

free speech. For the group to be exempt from campaign finance

reporting, the ads must not urge a vote for or against a candidate

and the money for the ad must come from the group's general funds

rather than contributions from a candidate. Arkansas Right to Life

has a political action committee, but director Rose Mimms says the

group hasn't decided yet what races to run ads in and she says no

one has sought an endorsement yet from Arkansas Right to Life.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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