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Bill filed to open Tenn. campaigns to corporate spending

Tom Humphrey • Jan 22, 2010 at 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE - Anticipating Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, state House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada had already filed legislation that could open the door in Tennessee to corporate spending on campaigns.

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision does not immediately impact Tennessee's law, which bans direct corporate and union contributions and is similar to the federal ban that was struck down, said Dick Williams, state chairman of Common Cause, quoting a lawyer for the national organization.

But it sets the stage for changing Tennessee's ban, he said. That could come either by enhancing prospects for passage of a bill in the Legislature to repeal the current state law or by setting a precedent for a lawsuit to strike down portions of the Tennessee law, Williams said.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel Web site.

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