Americans for Limited Terms
|Americans for Limited Terms|
|Affiliated with:||Americans for Limited Government|
Issue ads versus express advocacy ads
In 1996, the group came under heat about the distinction between "issue ads" and "candidate endorsement." That year, ALT ran a $24,000 radio ad campaign in Wisconsin race that showcased State Assemblyman (D), David Travis opposition of term limits. Travis and the elections board responded by suing Americans for Limited Terms stating that the ads were "express advocacy" instead of "issue ads."
Eric O'Keefe, who served as President of ALT, was quoted in an article defending his position,
"There's an effort by incumbents to clamp down on issue ads because it's the only area of campaign spending that's tilted against incumbents. In my view it's among the most important campaign spending because it's an outlet for dissenting voices. It's extremely vital in democracy."ALT and O'Keefe prevailed in the lawsuit.
In 1998, Americans for Limited Terms spent $5 million on ads and direct mail in 26 U.S. House districts.
Stop the Politicians
In a 2002 California campaign surrounding the ballot measure California Proposition 45, the group opposing Prop 45--called "Stop The Politicians"--received over $1 million from ALT.
Single Issue Group
ALT took a bright line approach to term limits, and generally refused to support the efforts of organizations and politicians who supported lengthier terms than ALT was willing to go along with--3 terms (or six years) for U.S. House and 2 terms (or twelve years) for U.S. Senators. Republicans criticized ALT for running its issue ads in districts where their candidates were on the wrong side of ALT's strict position on term limits.
Conservatives versus liberals
As a single-issue group, in 1998 Americans for Limited Terms incurred the anger of some social conservative groups when it ran issue ads in congressional districts spotlighting social conservatives who did not agree with term limits:
This year, in key Republican primaries and in one special congressional election, both Wisconsin-based Americans for Limited Terms and Washington-based U.S. Term Limits have weighed in with expensive television ad campaigns supporting pro-abortion, pro-gay-rights and pro-tax candidates who have nonetheless signed a pledge to serve only three terms in the House.
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- U.S. Term Limits
- Americans for Limited Government
- Eric O'Keefe
- PACs and Super PACS
- Political action committee
- Super PAC
- Federal Election Commission
- American for Limited Government
- Political Briefing; Another G.O.P. Primary, Another Term-Limits Test, New York Times, May 22, 1998
- The Promise of Term Limits
- A Genealogy of Term Limits Groups
- Small, focused political lobbies
- Prodding voters to the right
- A Morning at the Ministry of Speech, Reason Magazine, May 29, 1999
- Just Shut Up
- Legal Maneuvers Over Issue Ads Steal Spotlight From Congress' Ongoing Campaign Finance Debate, CNN, July 18, 1998
- Issue Advocacy ads less of an issue
- Terminally inept?
- Christian Coalition head excommunicates U.S. Term Limits for supporting liberals