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Senate candidates take opposing views on campaign finance ruling

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Missouri's leading Senate candidates are taking opposite positions on a Supreme Court ruling allowing businesses to spend money on federal races.

On Thursday the nation's high court overturned a law barring companies and unions from spending money on campaign ads that support or oppose candidates for president or Congress.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt said he's pleased the court recognized that the freedom of speech may not be legislated away through campaign finance reform.

But Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she was disgusted by the ruling, predicting it will lead to more attacks from corporate special interests.

Blunt and Carnahan are the frontrunners to replace retiring Sen. Kit Bond in the November election.