SEATTLE -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is appealing a judge's decision that Sound Transit was within its rights when it declined to run an advertisement on light rail trains.
The ACLU is representing a group called Working Washington, which wanted to run an advertisement promoting good jobs for low-income workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Sound Transit initially accepted payment, then changed its mind, saying it would not run the ad because it was too political.
U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour declined to force Sound Transit to run the ad, saying the decision was within Sound Transit's policy regarding political advertisements. The ACLU is appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the advertisement did not meet the government agency's definition of what constitutes a political ad.