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What the Supreme Court struck down and kept in place with campaign finance ruling

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Thursday, January 21, 2010; 1:01 PM

The Supreme Court's ruling Thursday overturned a ban on corporate contributions to election campaigns but upheld other requirements. What's out -- and still in:

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What's out

-- A 63-year-old prohibition on corporations using money from their general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads.

-- A prohibition contained in the McCain-Feingold Act that bars issue-oriented ads paid for by corporations or unions 30 days before a primary and 60 days before a general election.

Still in

-- A century-old ban on donations by corporations from their treasuries directly to candidates.

-- The requirement that any corporation spending more than $10,000 in a year to produce or air a campaign ad covered by federal restrictions must file a report with the Federal Election Commission, revealing the names and addresses of anyone who contributed $1,000 or more to the ad's preparation or distribution.

-- The requirement that an ad include a disclaimer stating who is responsible for it, if the ad is not authorized by a candidate or political committee.

-- Karen Yourish


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