WASHINGTON--The US Department of Justice is reviewing a complaint by
the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that the big tobacco companies may
have violated election laws by promising to run TV ads that would
give senators "political cover" on the tobacco issue if
they voted against the McCain tobacco control bill, which was
defeated last June.
The tobacco companies say that they have not funded any ads for
candidates and that their ads are not political but rather advocacy
ads that review the possible negative ramifications of tobacco
control measures such as the McCain bill.