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Senate approves bill to regulate election ads (2:18 p.m. 1/19/10)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill requiring special interest groups that spend money trying to influence elections to disclose the names of their donors.

The bill was approved Tuesday on a bipartisan, 26-7 vote.

Supporters say the requirement will help limit the powerful role that shadowy groups have played in recent elections in Wisconsin by letting voters know who is trying to influence them.

The bill would regulate ads that refer to candidates by name within 60 days of an election. The groups sponsoring them would have to file reports listing the names of donors and how much they spent.

The plan needs approval from the Assembly to become law.

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