On Tuesday the Federal Election Commission deadlocked on a proposal to let public policy advocacy groups engage in public policy advocacy close to elections. The three Republican commissioners voted for the rule change, which would have allowed issue advertising that mentions elected officials but does not "promote, attack, support or oppose" them, and the three Democrats voted against it. The plan, which was supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the ACLU, the Alliance for Justice, and other lobby groups, presumably would have allowed ads like the radio spot Wisconsin Right to Life wants to run, urging passage of an anti-abortion bill. The group filed a lawsuit last week, challenging McCain-Feingold's 60-day gag. Now we can expect many more lawsuits.