Good News From Arizona

In this update: 1. Arizona public financing law upheld by federal court 2. Assembly Democrats shed illegal railroad company money 3. More on latest chapter in Jensen saga Good News From Arizona

Email date: 5/21/10

In this update:
1. Arizona public financing law upheld by federal court
2. Assembly Democrats shed illegal railroad company money
3. More on latest chapter in Jensen saga

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Arizona public financing law upheld by federal court
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today issued a ruling affirming the constitutionality of Arizona’ system for publicly financing its state elections. This is particularly good news because Wisconsin’s Impartial Justice Act establishing public financing of state Supreme Court elections is being legally challenged in two separate lawsuits on the same grounds that Arizona’ law was challenged.

The Democracy Campaign has joined with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Common Cause in Wisconsin in intervening in defense of the Impartial Justice Act. In March, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb granted the three groups’ request to participate in the cases as amicus curiae or “friend of the court.”

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Assembly Democrats shed illegal railroad company money
First it was Republican candidate for governor Scott Walker who was scurrying to get rid of illegal campaign donations from a railroad company. Now the campaign committee controlled by leaders of the Assembly Democrats is doing the same. For more on this, go here and here.

By the way, the railroad executive who is at the center of this story was one of 11 donors the Democracy Campaign flagged last month for appearing to exceed the legal limit on campaign contributions.

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More on latest chapter in Jensen saga
Word that Wisconsin’ Supreme Court sided with former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen and blessed his request to have his political corruption case moved to his home county of Waukesha spread quickly yesterday in print and over the airwaves. The Democracy Campaign’ director had more to say on the subject today.