Supreme Court to Take Up Arizona’s Clean Elections Act

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act. Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys, representing the Clean Elections Institute, Inc., are defending the 1998 law which provides public funding to eligible candidates who choose public financing instead of the traditional approach of raising private campaign contributions.

The high court granted review of the case on November 29, 2010. Arguments are likely to be heard in March 2011.

In October 2008, Munger Tolles successfully blocked a preliminary injunction motion, convincing the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona that implementation of the injunction would compromise the election process for Arizona voters. In May 2010, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld the Clean Elections Act; that decision was subsequently stayed by the Supreme Court.

Munger Tolles attorneys involved in the case include Bradley S. Phillips, Grant A. Davis-Denny and Elisabeth J. Neubauer. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU is Munger Tolles’ co-counsel.