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Subsidizing DemocracyHow Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future$
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Michael G. Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452277

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452277.001.0001

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Clean Elections at the Supreme Court

Clean Elections at the Supreme Court

(p.124) 7 Clean Elections at the Supreme Court
Subsidizing Democracy

Michael G. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the ramifications of Supreme Court decisions on public funding reform. It analyzes in particular the arguments heard in McComish v. Bennett, a First Amendment challenge to the matching funds provisions of Arizona's Clean Elections law. In the weeks leading up the argument, supporters of public funding maintained that it was making elections fairer and more democratic, and that matching funds were an integral component of the program's success. Meanwhile, its opponents claimed that the incentives that matching funds create were effectively destroying the speech rights of nonparticipating candidates. The chapter looks into the outcome of the Court's decision on the McComish case in determining the future of public funding.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, public funding reform, McComish v. Bennett, Clean Elections, matching funds, public funding, McComish case, Arizona

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