The Christian Coalition has picked up support from the AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union in its defense against a government lawsuit.

The labor federation, which is closely allied with Democrats, argued Tuesday that the Federal Election Commission suit against the conservative Christian Coalition threatened free speech.The FEC has alleged that the Christian Coalition violated campaign laws by spending thousands of dollars to promote the candidacies of such Republican politicians as former President Bush, Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, Virginia Senate candidate Oliver North and House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia.