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Judge: UW doesn’t have to provide money for conservative group

Judge Lynn Adelman

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge says he won’t force the University of Wisconsin-Madison to give money to a conservative student group.

Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, or CFACT, filed a lawsuit in 2009. The group argued that the university had denied its request for funding because of the group’s conservative views.

Under a landmark case, the university is required to allot money from mandatory student fees on a “viewpoint neutral” basis.

The student panel that rejected CFACT’s money request said the group had not completed its application on time.

But CFACT pointed out that the politically liberal Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, or WISPIRG, received money.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote in his opinion Wednesday that since the lawsuit was filed, WISPIRG has also lost its funding.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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