Monday, September 27

Third-party political ads

Wichita Eagle: “A newly formed political action group is using a radio ad to hammer a Sedgwick County district judge for his professional conduct, a relatively rare move by an out-of-state group in such a hyper-local race that some say could alter the nature of judicial races in Wichita for years to come.” (Georgia-based super PAC runs ad slamming Judge Ballinger)

If we’re concerned that third-party groups are campaigning for or against candidates, two things: First, there’s the free speech issue. The advertisement in question is speech. Second, allow more contributions directly to candidates. Then, candidates can be responsible for what is said on their behalf.

To read the document that is the subject of this article, see Judge Richard Ballinger Cease and Desist Order From Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications.