Russ Darrow is a U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin. He's also a dealer whose company relies on TV commercials to reach customers. Those roles are colliding. A new federal law bans corporate-paid broadcast advertising that "refers to" a political candidate in the weeks before an election. Darrow's company is asking regulators to determine whether that ban applies to commercials for its stores.
As long as Darrow does not use those commercials for electioneering, that shouldn't be an issue. Even advocates of campaign finance reform agree it shouldn't restrict business advertising. The Federal Election Commission should make that clear.