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Federal court declines to intervene in state case over political ad donors

A federal appeals court has upheld a decision not to interfere in a state court case. A pro-business group that ran negative ads against Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick in the 2000 election was seeking a ruling that the Ohio Elections Commission and state courts violated its free speech rights. The Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals this week says it was proper for the US District Court to refuse to get involved. Citizens for a Strong Ohio is an "issue-advocacy" group formed by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. It spent four million dollars in an unsuccessful bid to unseat Resnick. The Ohio Supreme Court last week upheld lower court orders for the group to disclose the names of donors. The group is appealing to the US Supreme Court.