Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Supreme Court Leaves Clean Elections Alone—For Now

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Howie reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court won't block the state from giving extra funds to publicly funded candidates to match big-spending privately financed foes - at least not yet.

In a two-sentence order Tuesday, the justices rejected a request by the Goldwater Institute to immediately enforce last month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver that the matching-funds provision of the Citizens Clean Elections Act is unconstitutional.

But they said that doesn't mean they won't eventually intercede. Goldwater attorney Nick Dranias was told to come back if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hasn't ruled by June 1.


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