“Federal Court Finds State Law On Public Financing Unconstitutional”

Bloomberg BNA: “North Carolina’s law providing public financing in campaigns for judgeships and some other state offices violates the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina said May 21 (N.C. Right to Life PAC v. Leake, E.D.N.C., No. 5:11-cv-472, judgment entered 5/21/12).”

The problem is that the matching funds provision, giving more money to participating candidates who face large opposing spending, violates the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Arizona Free Enterprise case.

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