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Can the government play favorites when it comes to freedom of speech? The Goldwater Institute didn’t think so, and challenged Arizona's system of public campaign financing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The resulting victory struck down similar provisions in states across the U.S., preventing governments from gaming the political system in favor of government-funded candidates, and keeping elections free and open.

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  • Gutierrez, Hess and Salmon to Attend August 20 Candidate Forum

    Posted on June 26, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix, AZ-The Goldwater Institute has received notice from the campaigns of Democrat Alfredo Gutierrez, Libertarian Barry Hess, and Republican Matt Salmon that their candidates will appear in Tucson on August 20, 2002, for the gubernatorial candidate forum co-hosted by the Institute and the Tucson Citizen.

  • Court Tosses Part of Campaign Reform

    Posted on June 19, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Now that the Arizona Court of Appeals has exposed one of the many dirty little secrets of the "Clean Elections" system - that its main funding source is unconstitutional - the public soon may have to decide whether it's worth keeping.

  • Goldwater Institute Applauds Clean Elections Decision

    Posted on June 18, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Goldwater Institute scholar Robert Franciosi applauds the unanimous decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals, which ruled yesterday that coercive public funding of campaigns is unconstitutional.

  • Publicly Financed Hopefuls on Rise

    Posted on June 14, 2002 | Type: In the News

    John O'Donnell taught high school for 28 years and became more and more disenchanted with Arizona's beleaguered educational system.

  • Reps. Shadegg, Flake Seek New Terms

    Posted on June 11, 2002 | Type: In the News

    U.S. Reps. John Shadegg and Jeff Flake, stalwart conservative Republicans from separate areas of the Valley, filed Monday for re-election.

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