Maryland's Political Ads Law Challenged by News Organizations.


The Associated Press has reported that due to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Maryland legislators passed a law to prevent foreign interference in future local elections. More than a half dozen newspapers argue in a lawsuit that the law violates the First Amendment because it requires them to collect and self-publish information about the sponsors of online political ads as well as keep records of the ads for inspection by the state board of elections. Online platforms (with 100,00 or more monthly U.S. visitors) are required to create a database identifying the purchases of online political ads and how much they spend. Maryland argues that the law does...

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