Wisconsin Supreme Court halts issue ad law

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August 16, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Supreme Court on August 13, 2010, granted an temporary injunction to halt new campaign finance rules regarding issue advocacy.

In a 4-3 decision, the state's highest court ruled in favor of Wisconsin Prosperity Network and a coalition of tea party groups that claimed the new rules issued by the Government Accountability Board violated both the federal and state constitutions[1].

The written order stated: "petitioners have met their burden to show a likelihood of irreparable injury if a temporary injunction is not issued." The injunction adds on to an agreement already reached in federal court between the state's election authority and One Wisconsin Now along with the [http://www.wicfg.com Wisconsin Club for Growth[1].

Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack, Michael Gableman, and Annette Ziegler ruled in the majority with Prosser writing the opinion. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson along with Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Patrick Crooks dissented. The dissenting opinion mentioned that for the Supreme Court to issue a temporary injunction was not necessary due to the agreement reached in federal court[1].

Mark Block, a Board Member for the Wisconsin Prosperity Network said: "this victory was won through individuals and organizations standing together to defend the rights of Wisconsin citizens and activists from all political persuasions who should be guaranteed the right to free speech."[2].

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 JSOnline, "Court halts rule on political ads," August 13, 2010
  2. [Received via email on August 13, 2010]