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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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  • Chief Justice Roberts to Arizona: Take Your Thumb Off the Scale!

    Posted on June 27, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Stephen M. Hoersting

    This morning, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his opinion on behalf of a 5–4 majority in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, Nos. 10-238 and 10-239. You may have heard the case called “McComish,” after the plaintiff now listed second in consolidated court filings. The Supreme Court struck down the matching-funds provisions in the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act. (Campaign “reformers” learned long ago not to call such statutes the “Taxpayer Subsidies to Candidates Act.”)

  • Channel 3 profiles the Supreme Court victory against matching funds

    Posted on June 27, 2011 | Type: Video

  • Clint Bolick talks to Channel 15 about the Supreme Court ruling on matching funds

    Posted on June 27, 2011 | Type: Video

    The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick talked to Channel 15 the day the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Goldwater Institute and struck down the matching funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections law.

  • Supreme Court Declares Arizona's Matching Funds System Unconstitutional

    Posted on June 27, 2011 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX — Today, in a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision striking down the matching funds provisions of Arizona’s taxpayer-funded campaign finance system known as Clean Elections.

  • Clint Bolick on the Supreme Court Clean Elections ruling

    Posted on June 27, 2011 | Type: Video

    The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick talked to Channel 10 just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of free speech and declared the matching funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections law unconstitutional.

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