March 24th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
14 years ago

Group behind anti-Clinton documentary denied high court appeal

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.

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–CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Jon

    The movie is not a conspiracy theory, its all based on truths. Its an actual documentary that anyone in America would benefit from seeing. Republican, Democrat, Independent. It is not propaganda just because there are Republicans in it...there are Dems in it as well, credible journalists etc.

    March 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. SAM, Raleigh, NC

    Freedom of... oh who are we kidding? We have no real freedom. The world will be united under the the rule of tyranny. Will we be recieving what we deserve?

    March 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. scott

    Lets see BO's taxes for the last 8 yrs and see where the funding came from

    March 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. AtlantaVoter

    This isn't about freedom of speech; it's about disclosure. If you want to say something nasty about a candidate you need to be willing to say who you are.

    I wonder who it is? Is it you, CNN?

    March 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Rosa

    Jeez, Hillary the movie. I can't stand Hillary the person.

    March 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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