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.

<p>Campaigns should be open and free, not prone to manipulation through government financing schemes. And now the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.</p>

Two months ago, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver ruled that "the Matching Funds provision of the [Clean Elections] Act violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." The Court, however, was unwilling to stop the flow of matching funds in the final days of the primary election. In response, the Goldwater Institute immediately asked the Court to halt matching funds during the general election.

Advocates of the Arizona Clean Elections Act promised a bountiful yield of political diversity by seeding the campaign trail with millions of taxpayer dollars. But a new report finds there has been no increase in non-traditional candidates.

The Clean Elections Act was supposed to level the electoral playing field and remove special interest influence from Arizona politics. But one group has found ways to skirt the law: incumbents.

Last week, Justice Samuel Alito penned a Supreme Court decision that could be the beginning of the end for Arizona Clean Elections.

The Goldwater Institute scored a victory for free speech last week when the Arizona Attorney General abandoned a campaign finance regulation.

Responding to a cease and desist letter written by the Goldwater Institute on March 26, the Arizona Attorney General said, "[i]n light of the Supreme Court's decision in Davis v. FEC ... our office does not intend to enforce the provisions of current A.R.S. § 16-905(f)."

Whenever local bureaucrats or special-interest groups want to neutralize conservative legislators, one of their most-potent weapons is two words: “local control.”

By Nick Dranias and Lucy Morrow Caldwell

Ask any grassroots activist and he’ll tell you that getting out the vote is tough, because the majority of Arizonans have busy lives beyond the ballot-box. Worse still, with elections happening at a variety of times throughout a two-year cycle, many voters don’t know when an election is taking place.

PHOENIX — Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak. 

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