Attacking and defending political ads

Politico notes the legal battles behind efforts to take down ads and keep them on the air.

In the letter, DCCC general counsel Brian Svoboda argues that the Federal Communications Commission has long told stations that they do not have the power to reject candidate advertisements even if they contain what the FCC calls “libelous remarks.” Svoboda also points to the Communications Act of 1934, which, he notes, told stations that they “shall have no power of censorship” over candidates’ use of the public airwave.

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