The Wall Street Journal: Court Nullifies FEC Super PAC Name Strictures


Larry Noble, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a group seeking to reduce the influence of money in politics, called the ruling “problematic.”

“We’ve already seen an increase in what are called scam PACs,” groups that purport to back a candidate but instead pocket the money they raise, he said. “This is just going to encourage that.” Regarding the court’s suggestion that super PACs feature a disclaimer on their websites, he asked: “How many people actually read the disclaimers?”

Mr. Noble added that campaigns were unlikely to be enthused about the ruling, because it could generate more confusion among donors about where to direct their funds. “Candidates are protective of their names,” he said.

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