CED Files Amicus Brief in McComish v. Bennett

On February 22, 2011, CED submitted an amicus brief in the pending Supreme Court case, McComish v. Bennett. The case concerns “trigger matching funds” issued to participating candidates in the Arizona Public financing system who face high-spending, nonparticipating opponents, or outside groups. Trigger matching funds enable states such as Arizona to provide publicly funded candidates with enough money to run in competitive races while avoiding the waste of public funds on uncompetitive races. This case is the first time in 35 years that the Supreme Court will rule on a public finance case since the court upheld the presidential public financing system in Buckley v.Valeo.