UPDATE: RI Judge Okays Political Ads From Anti-Gay Marriage Group
A judge says a national anti-gay marriage group may run political ads in the upcoming Rhode Island election as long as it reports how much it's spending.
U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi made the ruling Thursday after hearing arguments from the National Organization for Marriage, which is planning radio and television ads in the governor's race and legislative elections.
The organization had argued that it was not a political action committee and should therefore not have to report its expenditures, comply with spending limits or follow other requirements imposed upon PACs.
But Lisi said that issue was moot since the organization is not working in concert with any political candidates.
She said the group can spend as it wishes provided it files a form reporting its expenditures.
An anti-gay marriage group is preparing to ask a judge for the right to run ads in the Rhode Island
governor's race without having to comply with state election law.
U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi is expected to hear arguments on Thursday afternoon.
The National Organization for Marriage argues that it is not a political action committee and should therefore not have to report its expenditures or comply with spending limits.
The group, which has filed similar lawsuits in other states, wants to run radio and TV ads in the governor's race and legislative elections without having to register as a PAC.
Lawyers for the state say the group's complaint is baseless because it already has a registered PAC in Rhode Island.