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Sometimes, a good idea is enough – and other times, you need a good idea and a lawyer. On topics as diverse as federal health care, protecting freedom of speech and protecting taxpayers and business owners, the Goldwater Institute ensures that government at all levels adheres to the constitution by standing up for taxpayers’ rights in court.

  • Vong v. Aune

    Posted on November 30, 2009 | Type: Case

    Cindy Vong has operated a nail salon in Gilbert, Arizona since 2006. In 2008, she made plans to provide a special therapy for feet that uses small carp to safely nibble away dead skin. The fish therapy originated in the Middle East and is popular in Asia and Europe. Ms. Vong remodeled her salon to create a separate area where the foot treatment by fish would be offered. She wrote an extensive policy on customer safety for her staff and legally imported Garra Rufa fish from China to launch the service. A number of Ms. Vong’s customers enjoyed the treatment and none lodged any complaints about it with her business or any state agency.

  • Coons v. Hallman (Sea Life Aquarium)

    Posted on November 23, 2009 | Type: Case

    The City of Tempe made a deal with the developer of Sea Life Aquarium, an aquarium at a local shopping mall, to provide Sea Life with tax subsidies and concessions. The subsidies and concessions violated the Arizona Constitution and state law, which prohibit “gifts” of public money to private interests.

  • Goldwater Institute Complaint Against Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup (public records case)

    Posted on September 21, 2009 | Type: Case

    As soon as the suit was filed Mayor Walkup disclosed all requested documents. The city of Tucson also paid $1,285 in costs and attorney's fees.

  • Goldwater Institute v. City of Glendale (public records in Coyotes negotiations case)

    Posted on June 26, 2009 | Type: Case

    Several media reports have indicated that the City of Glendale intends to offer some form of taxpayer subsidy to a new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes as an incentive to keep the hockey team in Glendale. This is a potential violation of the Arizona Constitution's Gift Clause. The Goldwater Institute filed a public records request asking the City of Glendale to provide all documents--current and future--related to negotiations with any potential new owner of the Coyotes. Glendale refused, saying the negotiations are confidential and that it would be burdensome to send future records. The case law Glendale cited did not provide a legal basis to withhold the documents. Because of this clear violation of Arizona's public records law, the Goldwater Institute has filed suit against the City of Glendale.

  • McComish v. Bennett (Clean Elections)

    Posted on August 21, 2008 | Type: Case

    On June 27, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Goldwater Institute and reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down the matching funds provision of the Clean Elections law.

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