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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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  • 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.

  • Clean Elections, or Taking Democracy to the Cleaners?

    Posted on February 15, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix, AZ-On Monday, February 18, supporters of Arizona's Clean Elections law will rally at the Capitol in support of public subsidies for politicians. Clean Elections' supporters say public subsidies clean up the political process, yet Goldwater scholar Robert Franciosi finds that, rather than "cleaning up" politics, the Clean Elections Act has taken democracy to the cleaners.

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