Campaign Finance & Elections
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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Publicly Financed Hopefuls on RisePosted on June 14, 2002 | Type: In the News
John O'Donnell taught high school for 28 years and became more and more disenchanted with Arizona's beleaguered educational system.
Reps. Shadegg, Flake Seek New TermsPosted on June 11, 2002 | Type: In the News
U.S. Reps. John Shadegg and Jeff Flake, stalwart conservative Republicans from separate areas of the Valley, filed Monday for re-election.
Clean Elections, or Taking Democracy to the Cleaners?Posted on February 15, 2002 | Type: Press Release
Phoenix, AZ-On Monday, February 18, supporters of Arizona's Clean Elections law will rally at the Capitol in support of public subsidies for politicians. Clean Elections' supporters say public subsidies clean up the political process, yet Goldwater scholar Robert Franciosi finds that, rather than "cleaning up" politics, the Clean Elections Act has taken democracy to the cleaners.
Arizona Highway RobberyPosted on February 04, 2002 | Type: In the News
PHOENIX--Would you like it if every time you paid a parking ticket, 10% of the fine went directly to the political campaign of someone you planned to vote against?
Is Cleanliness Political Godliness?: Arizona's Clean Elections Law after Its First YearPosted on November 30, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi
In 1998, Arizona voters passed the Citizens Clean Elections Act. Its purpose was to eliminate the alleged deleterious effect of private money on state politics: the influence of private contributions on elected officials and the advantages enjoyed by candidates with large campaign chests. The Citizens Clean Elections Act established an optional system of public campaign finance for those people seeking state offices.