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Right to Life Groups Renew Challenge to North Carolina Matching Funds

Last Friday, North Carolina Right to Life’s independent expenditures committees filed a federal suit in North Carolina against the state’s matching funding scheme as an unconstitutional infringement on their First Amendment free speech rights. North Carolina’s Public Campaign Finance Fund provides state supreme court candidates with the option to receive public funding if they agree to limit how much money they raise and spend on their campaigns. The Fund’s matching...
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Pro-Market Group Victorious in Albuquerque Public Funding Challenge

Late Tuesday a federal district court in New Mexico declared unconstitutional a provision of Albuquerque’s system of public funding for elections that provides taxpayer funding to legislative candidates based on opposition speech. Albuquerque’s Open and Ethical Election Code provides taxpayer funding for Albuquerque city council and mayoral candidates who agree to limit how much money they raise and spend on their campaigns. Under the scheme, city council candidates receive $1...
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Tea Party Candidate Much Closer to Being Able to Circulate Own Petitions

Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Today, a federal appellate court in Richmond, Virginia, gave new life to a candidate’s efforts to vindicate his constitutional rights. In August 2010, a lower court ruled that Herb Lux, who sought to run for Congress in the 2010 general election, did not have a constitutional right to personally collect signatures in furtherance of his own candidacy. Today, an appeals court held that the lower court...
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Citizens to Federal Court: Do Not Allow Government to Release Petition Names

Thursday, June 30, 2011. On Wednesday, a citizen coalition led by Protect Marriage Washington asked a federal court to prevent Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed from publishing the names and addresses of thousands of citizens who signed a controversial referendum petition in 2009. Approximately 138,000 Washingtonians signed a petition in 2009 to repeal a law that gave same-sex partners all the legal rights of married couples. The petition was...
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Supreme Court Sides With Bopp on Public Funding

Today the United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional an Arizona system of public funding of elections because it gave money to candidates based on the First Amendment speech of others.  The Arizona Clean Elections Act, passed in 1998, provides taxpayer funding for any Arizona statewide candidates who agree to limit how much money they raise and spend on their campaigns. Under the scheme, Arizona’s gubernatorial candidates receive $638,222.50, plus additional...
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Public Funding For Albuquerque City Council Challenged

New Mexico Turn Around, a free market oriented advocacy organization, filed suit in federal court on Friday against Albuquerque’s public funding scheme for city council candidates, asserting it is an unconstitutional infringement of their First Amendment free speech rights. Albuquerque’s Open and Ethical Election Code provides taxpayer funding for Albuquerque city council and mayoral candidates who agree to limit how much money they raise and spend on their campaigns. Under...
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Republican Super PAC Comments on FEC Advisory Opinion Request

Last Friday, the Republican Super PAC (RSPAC) submitted comments on the advisory opinion request of Majority PAC and House Majority PAC. On May 19, the two Democratic PACs asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion approving their plan to receive lawful federal contributions solicited by federal candidates, officeholders, and national political party officials. In its comments, RSPAC explained why the PACs’ planned activities are legal. The so-called super...
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WRTL Urges Injunction of Law Funding State Supreme Court Races

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, March 4, 2011 Contact: James Bopp, Jr. Phone: 812/232-2434; Fax: 812/235-3685; jboppjr@aol.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As detailed here , on Wednesday, a federal court heard oral argument on Wisconsin Right to Life PAC’s request to enjoin Wisconsin’s rescue funds for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court candidates. Says Jim Bopp, counsel for WRTL, “the rescue funds, which give an opposing candidate money based on what individuals and groups like WRTL...
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Justice Kennedy Orders Response on Request to Halt Maine Public Funding Scheme

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Contact: James Bopp, Jr. Phone 812/232-2434; Fax 812/235-3685; jboppjr@aol.com Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy today ordered responsive briefing on an emergency request to halt unconstitutional aspects of Maine’s public funding scheme for state candidates. The Maine Clean Elections Act, passed in 1995, provides taxpayer funding for Maine legislative and gubernatorial candidates who agree to limit how much money they raise and spend on their...
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