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Stopping Public Funding of Self-Promotion

No Taxpayer Money for Politicians v. Lang, et al.

Case Status

Date Filed

November 21, 2011

Last Step

Court determined it should not accept jurisdiction; motion to dismiss is granted.

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Case Overview

This lawsuit claims that the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission’s acts of self-promotion – done in the name of voter education – violate state statute.

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission was established to provide public funding for election campaigns. The commission, however, began using its funds to promote itself in a series of advertisements, in violation of state law.

The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of No Taxpayer Money for Politicians – the ballot committee supporting a constitutional amendment to end public funding for political candidate campaigns.

The lawsuit asked the court to find that the commission illegally expended public funds on self-promotion and attempted to influence the outcome of an election. In April 2012, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law more firm restrictions on the commission ability to use public funds for self-promotion.

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