McComish v. Bennett: Supreme Court Amicus Brief of New York City et al. in Support of Bennett

Court Level
Supreme Court

Amicus brief filed by New York City, San Francisco and the Counsel for International Municipal Lawyers Association in support of Respondents. The question presented is whether, given that long-term practical experience with tiered public funds in public campaign financing demonstrates they do not deter the exercise of free speech by non-participants, the Ninth Circuit correctly applied an intermediate level of scrutiny to Arizona’s Clean Elections Act, and under that analysis, find those payments are justified by the compelling and important state interest in reducing actual or perceived corruption, encouraging participation in public financing programs, and promoting robust and competitive elections.