Despite a setback in a D.C. federal court last summer, the Federal Election Commission has not relented in its continuing effort to restrain “issue advocacy” groups from influencing presidential or congressional campaigns.

The commission is proposing a rule that would set limits on the direct involvement that organizations such as the Christian Coalition, health care groups, and others can have by building barriers between issue advocacy and individual election efforts. And the FEC chairman hopes to have a rule in place in time to have an impact on this year’s races.