WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court has rejected a conservative group's legal fight to air commercials promoting a movie critical of presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, in a free-speech debate over whether the ads are political in nature.
Citizens United, a Washington-based advocacy organization, had urged the justices to accept the appeal on an expedited basis this spring, in time for the ads to have an impact throughout the election season.
Monday's decision by the high court means the group - if it chooses to air any broadcast ads - must indicate by name its sponsorship and disclose its political donors.
At issue was whether broadcast ads promoting the 90-minute documentary "Hillary: The Movie" are subject to strict campaign finance laws on political advocacy, or are a constitutionally protected form of commercial speech.
–CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears