Debnam's group, N.C. Futures Action Fund, bought time from Time Warner Cable to air the spot warning about the "tea party takeover of our schools." The Republicans argued the group should have to file a public disclosure statement before it could air the ad.
Broadcasters are required to maintain a file for public inspection showing who has bought political ad time. Time Warner posts the info online here.
But attorneys for the Futures Action Fund argued the paperwork didn't need to be filed because the spot didn't say vote for or against any specific candidates. Keith Poston, a spokesman for Timer Warner, said the broadcaster agreed that it was an issue ad that didn't need to be placed in the public file.