For Immediate Release
Supreme Court Halts Public Matching Funds for Arizona Candidates
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled
today that Arizona candidates who have opted in to the state’s
financing system can’t collect matching funds—the money allotted to
candidates who are up against particularly well-funded opponents or
groups—until the Court has time to consider whether the matching funds
primary elections will be taking place on August 24. Nearly half of the
state-office candidates running in the primary have agreed to public
Keegan, President of People
For the American Way, issued the following statement:
Court has demonstrated
once again the extent to which it is willing to upend federal and state
and defy even the laws of common sense in order to maximize the power of
corporations and wealthy individuals in our elections.
“In Citizens United v. FEC, the Court
undid a century of
established law to allow corporations to spend millions of dollars from
treasuries to influence elections. In this ruling, the Court has shown
again that it is open to letting big money gain big influence in our
By leaving publicly funded candidates scrambling to catch up with
it has once again shown total disregard for the efforts of elected
limit the sway of big bank accounts in the democratic process."
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