Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield: Petition for a writ of certiorari

Court Level
Supreme Court

The question presented is whether Connecticut’s campaign finance law discriminates against minor party candidates by imposing qualifying requirements for public financing that are more onerous than any others in the nation, and that are not necessary to prevent factionalism or preserve the public fisc, coupled with a trigger provision that effectively penalizes minor party candidates who reach a threshold level of contributions by awarding their major party opponents an offsetting grant that will often far exceed what the minor party candidate has raised and spent. It is therefore argued that the petition for a writ of certiorari should be granted. Alternatively, the petition should be held pending a final decision in McComish v. Bennett, No. 10-298.