Judge dismisses Goldwater Institute’s Clean Elections lawsuit
Published: March 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm
The ruling by Judge Mark Brain of Maricopa County Superior Court dismisses a 2011 lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute against the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
The lawsuit alleged that the commission’s authority under state law to educate voters about the public campaign funding system for state election candidates doesn’t include spending for self-promotion.
Brain’s ruling says the commission acknowledges it cannot take sides regarding a possible ballot measure to eliminate public campaign funding.
But he says other activities by the commission are permitted by the First Amendment or fall under its legal authority to encourage citizen participation in the electoral process.
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