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Federal judge upholds campaign finance law


Milwaukee (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled against a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's law on financing Supreme Court elections.

Wisconsin Right to Life, the Wisconsin Center for Economic Prosperity and school choice advocate George Mitchell contended the law violated their free speech rights and wanted to halt the public financing process for this election.

The law was being applied for the first time for the race that will be decided Tuesday.

Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara Lyons said they plan to file an appeal asking for an emergency decision before the election.

In his decision Thursday, U.S. District Judge William Connelly wrote he was upholding the law in light of the state's compelling interest in avoiding the perception that Supreme Court elections are tainted with an appearance of bias.

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