Federal judge rules Arizona public campaign financing law unconstitutional

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January 21, 2010

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PHOENIX, Arizona: District of Arizona federal judge Roslyn Silver ruled that portions of Arizona's matching campaign funds law were unconstitutional on January 20, 2010[1].

The judge ruled that the twelve year old law known as the Clean Elections System should be thrown out. The judge ruled that the system violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on the basis the law restricts free speech and inhibits campaigns to raise money on their own[1].

The Arizona Attorney General has ten days to determine if they will appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco, CA. Attorneys for the State of Arizona plan on appealing to make sure the law is unchanged for the 2010 elections[1].

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