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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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  • 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 Robbery

    Posted 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 Year

    Posted 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.

  • Whither Clean Elections?

    Posted on November 17, 2001 | Type: In the News

    Even though it seems we just finished the 2000 election, rumblings of the 2002 election have already begun. And next year when the political tidal wave of TV ads, mailers and roadside placards hits us, it will be boosted by $14 million-taken from Arizona residents largely without their consent, and used to subsidize politicians.

  • Guidelines for Analyzing Arizona Ballot Propositions

    Posted on September 01, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karen Glennon

    Thomas Jefferson said there is "no safer depository of the ultimate power of society but the people themselves." Initiative and referendum is the means by which ultimate political power is retained by the citizens. It is a reminder that in our republican form of government nothing is more sacred than the right and freedom to govern ourselves. In its purest form is a powerful tool for defending liberty and restraining tyranny.

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