Opinion

June 20, 2014

Challenge to campaign lying

When is it OK to tell a lie? The U.S. Supreme Court cut a fine distinction this week about claims made during election campaigns. An anti-abortion group in Ohio tried to use billboards in 2010 to accuse a congressman of supporting “taxpayer funded abortion” because he voted for the Affordable Care Act. But it was stopped by a state elections law that prohibits anyone from making false claims about a candidate, either knowingly or in reckless disregard for the truth.

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