McComish Case Arguments Previewed

With Supreme Court arguments scheduled Monday in an important campaign finance case, several major national newspapers have reported on the legal issues to be debated. In McComish v. Bennett, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a provision in Arizona’s public financing law that critics contend violates free speech rights. Four states with public […]

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Scholar Handicaps Court on McComish

In a major campaign finance case to be argued before the Supreme Court Monday, election law scholar Rick Hasen expects an ultimate legal ruling favoring “free speech for the wealthy.” Hasen has written a commentary in Slate entitled, “Rich Candidate Expected to Win Again/Does the Supreme Court care more about free speech for the wealthy […]

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McComish Case Threatens Fair Courts

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a public finance election law case that poses a threat to fair courts. Justice at Stake is making resources available to spotlight the case, McComish v. Bennett, and to help journalists covering it. “Public financing allows judges to talk to voters instead of donors, and protects […]

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Groups Challenge N.C. Public Financing for Judicial Campaigns

Two political action committees that support anti-abortion candidates have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of North Carolina’s law that provides public financing for judicial campaigns. Indiana-based lawyer James Bopp Jr. is representing the PACs, who brought the lawsuit in the wake of Supreme Court decision, Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett. […]

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CT Public Financing Law Left Intact

It was the Supreme Court’s decision voiding an Arizona public campaign financing provision that drew widespread attention this week. Less noticed was a Supreme Court action that left intact a challenged aspect of Connecticut’s public financing law. The high court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal that challenged Connecticut requirements for third party candidates to qualify […]

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Editorial: Finance Ruling a Setback for Democracy

In two national newspaper editorials, a Supreme Court opinion that struck down part of an Arizona public financing law was alternatively condemned and saluted for its “silver lining.” “The Supreme Court decision striking down public matching funds in Arizona’s campaign finance system is a serious setback for American democracy,” protested a  New York Times editorial entitled […]

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