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Silver rules, Sinema comments on Clean Elections
In a January lawsuit heard by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver, a ’71 alumna of the College of Law, the judge struck down matching funds as unconstitutional for candidates running under the Clean Elections system. The ruling affects candidates running during the 2010 election cycle, according to an article in the
Arizona Capitol Times
On April 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments over whether matching funds violate the First Amendment in an appeal brought by Clean Elections supporters. A recently published article in the
explained that even when the court makes its ruling, expected by June 1, that Clean Elections may still remain in limbo.
Supporters on both sides of the argument say the problem is that the law is flawed. According to Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix), an ’04 alumna of the College of Law, “there are factors that have increased what I consider to be a widening gap between ideologies, which I think has interfered with our ability to make good law."
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