Campaign Finance & Elections
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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Nick Dranias updates KFYI's Jim Sharpe on the Glendale-Coyotes situationPosted on May 03, 2011 | Type: Audio
Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias appeared on KFYI's Jim Sharpe Show to update listeners on the latest in the Glendale-Coyotes situation, including a suspicious parking rights document uncovered by the Goldwater Institute.
The Fiesta Bowl exposes the sham of Clean ElectionsPosted on April 13, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
The Fiesta Bowl investigation is exposing the fact that taxpayer funding for political candidates under Arizona’s Clean Elections system does not, in fact, keep politicians clean. Nearly half of the state legislators receiving allegedly illegal contributions and previously undisclosed junkets from the Fiesta Bowl ran for office with Clean Elections funds. Arizona’s campaign finance system has nothing to do with preventing the appearance of impropriety and everything to do with funneling taxpayer dollars to politicians.
Promises, promises: Cave Creek School District violates contract with votersPosted on April 06, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Kohn
When school districts borrow money by issuing bonds, they put taxpayers on the line to repay the funds. This is why Arizona law requires voters to decide whether the specific projects are worth the extra tax burden. But the legislature passed a new law in 2010 that carves out privileges for certain school boards to override the will of the voters. What results is an unconstitutional system that violates a contract between voters and school districts, and replaces voter approval with the preferences of school board members.
Will Supreme Court let the government favor taxpayer-funded candidates?Posted on March 28, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
The Goldwater Institute has fought Arizona's "Clean Elections" system all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask one basic question: Can the state manipulate the political game to silence privately-financed candidates and drive them out of elections in favor of government-funded candidates?
Diane Cohen talks about the Tea party T-shirt settlement on KFNXPosted on March 23, 2011 | Type: Audio
The Goldwater Institute's Diane Cohen appeared on KFNX's Legal Ease with Dennis Wilenchik to discuss the settlement with Coconino County in the Tea Party T-shirt case.