Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 08-15-11 featuring Bradley A. Smith

August 15, 2011

Bradley A. Smith

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Bradley A. SmithOn June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett. The question in this case was whether Arizona's matching funds system for publicly funded candidates for state office violated the First Amendment.

In an opinion delivered by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court held by a vote of 5 to 4 that "Arizona's matching funds scheme substantially burdens protected political speech without serving a compelling state interest and therefore violates the First Amendment." Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito joined the opinion of Chief Justice Roberts. Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.

To discuss the case, we have Bradley A. Smith, who is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School.

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Opinion - June 27, 2011 (PDF)
Oral Argument Transcript - March 28, 2011 (PDF)