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An amicus brief – also known as an amicus curiae or “friend of the court brief” – is a brief filed in a court case by a person or group that is not an actual party to the lawsuit. Amicus briefs are intended to bring matters to the court’s attention that the parties involved in the case may not bring. The Goldwater Institute files amicus briefs in a wide range of cases, and many have been cited in the opinions issued by the court – further extending our nationwide impact.

  • Goldwater Institute Amicus Brief-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Posted on February 02, 2009 | Type: Amicus Brief

    The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear a third challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which bans certain types of political speech.

  • Dupuy v. McEwen Amicus Curiae Brief

    Posted on April 22, 2008 | Type: Amicus Brief

    The Cato Institute and Goldwater Institute filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Belinda Dupuy in Dupuy v. McEwen.

  • D.C. v. Heller

    Posted on February 11, 2008 | Type: Amicus Brief

    This brief addresses the government’s failure of principle and logic in this case. The United States’ brief argues correctly that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental personal right to keep and bear arms, but then fails to acknowledge and advocate the simple and necessary conclusions that follow from that premise.

  • Goldwater Institute Amicus Brief in Randall v. Sorrell

    Posted on December 14, 2005 | Type: Amicus Brief

    While there are many things wrong with the Second Circuit’s reasoning and result, this brief will focus primarily on the two interests relied upon by the court to uphold the candidate expenditure limits.

  • Goldwater Institute Amicus Brief in Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission

    Posted on November 14, 2005 | Type: Amicus Brief

    When this Court first created the contribution and express advocacy exceptions to protections for political speech, it recognized the questionable nature of the enterprise and strove to limit it, finding only in the most narrow of circumstances that a governmental interest in preventing corruption could trump protected speech.

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