McConnell criticized for involvement in court case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has inserted himself into the latest campaign-finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court. His involvement has spurred groups opposed to special-interest money in campaigns to take to the airwaves to criticize the Kentucky Republican.

Non-profit groups Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction on Friday launched a television ad across much of Kentucky. The 30-second ad bashes McConnell's role in asking the court to strike down limits on campaign contributions.

The commercial warns the result would set off an unlimited influx of campaign cash from lobbyists, bankers and Big Oil executives.

McConnell isn't a party in the case, but his lawyer is scheduled to present the senator's views during oral arguments next week.

McConnell's spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking comment.

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10/4/2013 10:39:29 AM (GMT -4:00)

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