WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today in McComish v. Bennett, a divided Supreme Court struck down a key provision of Arizona’s campaign finance law that allowed candidates to focus on voters, not dialing for dollars. The decision puts in jeopardy similar public financing systems throughout the country, and promises to give big money even greater influence over electoral process.
In response to the statement, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:
“Yet again, the Roberts Court has issued another disastrous campaign finance decision. Starting with Citizens United, Chief Justice Roberts and his conservative colleagues have been systematically dismantling our nation’s campaign finance laws, ensuring that only the richest Americans will have a say in the political process. With today’s decision, the Roberts Court signaled that citizens throughout the country will be subjected to the stranglehold of special interests on elected officials with little recourse. More than four billion dollars was spent on the last election, but apparently the Court believes that was not enough.
Republicans have made a lot of hay over the years complaining about activist judges, but with five unelected conservative justices repeatedly legislating from the bench, those critics are noticeably, yet not surprisingly, silent.”
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