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A conservative group wants the Supreme Court to decide whether it can run blind ads for a movie excoriating presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. A panel of three federal judges ruled last week that Citizens United must identify itself in the ads and disclose the movie’s financiers if it wants to run them during peak primary season, as the group had planned. Citizens United appealed the panel’s ruling to the high court Jan. 16. “We don’t want our donors to be the victims of harassment by Clinton supporters when all we are doing is advertising a documentary,” David Bossie, president of Citizens United, said in a statement. The ads do not explicitly call for viewers to vote against Clinton, though one refers to her as “the closest thing we have in America to a European socialist.” The panel sharply disagreed with the group’s contention that the ads are protected speech because they don’t use the word “vote.” “The Movie is susceptible of no other interpretation than to inform the electorate that Senator Clinton is unfit for office, that the United States would be a dangerous place in a President Hillary Clinton world, and that viewers should vote against her,” the judges wrote.
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