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McComish v. Bennett, Cato Legal Briefs

McComish v. Bennett, Cato Legal Briefs

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Nos. 10-238, 10-239
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Supreme Court of the United States
 ___________ 
 A 
RIZONA 
F
REE
E
NTERPRISE
C
LUB
S
F
REEDOM
C
LUB
PAC,
 
et al.
,
 Petitioners,
v.
EN
B
ENNETT
,
 
et al.
,
Respondents.
 ___________ 
J
OHN
M
C
C
OMISH
,
 
et al.
,
 Petitioners,
v.
EN
B
ENNETT
,
 
et al.
,
Respondents.
 ___________ 
On Writs of Certiorari to the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 ___________ 
BRIEF OF CATO INSTITUTE AS
 AMICUS CURIAE 
IN SUPPORT OFPETITIONERS
 ___________ 
I
LYA 
S
HAPIRO
 C
 ATO
I
NSTITUTE
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20001(202)
 
842-0200ishapiro@cato.orgJ
ONATHAN
F.
 
C
OHN
*M
 ATTHEW
D.
 
RUEGER
S
IDLEY 
 A 
USTIN LLP
 1501 K Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20005(202)
 
736-8000 jcohn@sidley.com
Counsel for Amicus Curiae
January 20, 2010 * Counsel of Record
 
 (i)QUESTION PRESENTEDWhether Arizona may give a publicly fundedcandidate extra money because a privately fundedopponent or his supporters have, in the State’s judgment, spoken too much.
 
 (iii)TABLE OF CONTENTSPageQUESTION PRESENTED ................................... iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................. ivINTEREST OF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
...................... 1INTRODUCTION ................................................. 1 ARGUMENT ......................................................... 3I.
 
THE DECISION BELOW CANNOT BESQUARED WITH THIS COURT’S CAM-PAIGN FINANCE PRECEDENTS .............. 3 A. The Arizona Statute Cannot Be Distin-guished From The Law Struck Down In
 Davis v. FEC 
............................................. 3B. The Decision Below Conflicts With ThisCourt’s Broader Campaign FinanceJurisprudence ........................................... 6II.
 
THE DECISION BELOW CONFLICTSWITH NUMEROUS DECISIONS OF THISCOURT STRIKING DOWN LAWS THATUNDULY BURDENED PROTECTEDSPEECH BY CONDITIONING IT ON ACCEPTANCE OF ASSORTED PENAL-TIES ............................................................... 9 A. The State Cannot Condition Free SpeechOn The Promotion Of A ViewpointContrary To The Speaker’s ....................... 10B. The Decision Contradicts The Court’sWider Unconstitutional ConditionsJurisprudence ........................................... 12CONCLUSION ..................................................... 16

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