Campaign Finance & Election
Campaigns should be open and free, not prone to manipulation through government financing schemes. And now the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.
Goldwater Institute attorney Diane Cohen appeared on KFYI's Mike Broomhead show to discuss the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was told by poll workers that she had to cover her Flagstaff Tea Party t-shirt or else she couldn't vote.
PHOENIX – Today, the Goldwater Institute filed a constitutional rights lawsuit against Coconino County to defend a Flagstaff woman’s freedom to wear her T-shirt for a local tea party group when she votes.
When Diane Wickberg went to vote in the special statewide election on May 18, 2010, she was wearing the same T-shirt she wears every Tuesday. The white shirt includes the logos “We the People” and “Flagstaff Tea Party – Reclaiming our Constitution Now.”
PHOENIX – The Goldwater Institute filed today a formal appeal that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to permanently strike down the “matching funds” portion of Arizona’s taxpayer-funded campaign finance system.
PHOENIX – Forty candidates running for state office in Arizona have promised their constituents that they will protect their individual rights.
The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on KAET's Horizon after the U.S. Supreme Court hated the matching funds portion of Arizona's Clean Elections law.
The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias was interviewed by CBS 5 News about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to halt the matching funds portion of the Clean Elections law.
Listen to the Goldwater Institute's tele-town hall on Clean Elections here.
PHOENIX - Today, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals barred the matching funds provisions of Connecticut's version of government funding for political candidates.
Arizona’s matching funds system for publicly financed campaigns may be going down, but it probably won’t go alone.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block Arizona’s Clean Elections system from distributing matching funds is a bad omen for similar systems in other states, and could portend their end if the court rules that matching funds are unconstitutional, according to legal experts and campaign finance reform advocates.