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Can the government play favorites when it comes to freedom of speech? The Goldwater Institute didn’t think so, and challenged Arizona's system of public campaign financing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The resulting victory struck down similar provisions in states across the U.S., preventing governments from gaming the political system in favor of government-funded candidates, and keeping elections free and open.

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  • A Government Thumb on the Election Scale?

    Posted on March 23, 2011 | Type: Video

    The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias took part in a policy forum at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. which explored campaign finance and the Goldwater Institute's U.S. Supreme Court case to block the matching funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections law.

  • Diane Cohen talks about the Tea Party T-shirt lawsuit settlement

    Posted on March 14, 2011 | Type: Audio

    Goldwater Institute attorney Diane Cohen joined the Mitch and Joe Show on 105.1 The Big Talker in Flagstaff to talk about the settlement with Coconino County in the Tea Party T-shirt case.

  • Time To Stand Up To The Feds On Voting Rights

    Posted on February 20, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    One of the most abusive assaults on Arizona sovereignty is one of the least-known: the inclusion of Arizona among a handful of states subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

  • Nick Dranias talks with KFYI about the U.S. Supreme Court deciding to hear the 'matching funds' case

    Posted on December 02, 2010 | Type: Audio

    Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias joined KFYI's Jim Sharpe for a few minutes to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit against the matching funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections law.

  • Supreme Court sees national implications in challenge to Arizona Clean Elections

    Posted on December 01, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    As the Supreme Court considered the Goldwater Institute’s appeal in McComish v. Bennett, the justices had to decide if the case raises any issues of nationwide importance. This week, the Court said the Goldwater Institute’s challenge to the use of matching funds in Arizona’s “Clean Elections” system meets that test. The Supreme Court accepted the appeal and will hear oral arguments sometime in the spring of 2011.

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