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SCOTUS Kills Public-Finance Campaign System

The Supreme Court has ruled taxpayer-funded campaign systems in which state governments compensate outspent candidates with more government funding unconstitutional. CNN reports, “A conservative 5-4 majority of justices on Monday said the law violated free speech, concluding the state was impermissibly trying to ‘level the playing field’ through a public finance system.”

Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the court’s opinion, while Justice Elena Kagan wrote a dissent in which Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor joined. The cases were McComish v. Bennett (10-239) and Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett (10-238).


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