Court to Decide Fate of Ads for Negative Clinton Film

Jan. 10, 2008 – 9:14 p.m.

By Emily Cadei, CQ Staff

A conservative group argued in district court today that it should be able to run ads in crucial primary states for their movie about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton without having to disclose the film’s donors. Campaign finance law requires ads airing before an election that advocate voting for or against a candidate to disclose their donors. If Citizens United’s case is successful, ads for the negative documentary called “Hillary, The Movie” could start popping up in primary states just days before voters go to the polls. With the election in full swing, a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court is expected to expedite its decision.