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Conservatives Win Legal Victory Over Delaware's Election Law

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has granted an injunction sought by a conservative group fighting a Delaware election campaign law.

The judge on Monday ruled in favor of Delaware Strong Families in its challenge to a 2012 law requiring disclosures by third-party groups working independently of political candidates to influence elections.

The law requires groups that spend $500 or more during an election period on third-party advertisements to disclose the source of donations. Those advertisements include communications, such as DSF's voter guide, that refer to clearly identified candidates, even if they don't urge a vote for or against a candidate.

The judge said the law is so broad that it includes virtually every communication, no matter how indirect and unrelated it is to the electoral process, and therefore was likely unconstitutional.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.