The Associated Press reports:
Less than a year after removing most limits on election spending by corporations and organized labor, the Supreme Court is signaling trouble for another campaign law that aims to curtail the political power of big money.
The court on Monday said it will consider dismantling Arizona‘s program that gives extra cash to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals. Similar matching funds programs exist in a half-dozen other states and a handful of big cities.
The court probably will strike down the Arizona program, according to Richard L. Hasen, an election law specialist at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He said this will further imperil public financing of campaigns by taking away “one of the only tools” left to make public financing attractive to candidates.
The Arizona case is the fourth big campaign finance issue to come before the court since Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined it five years ago and made it more likely to strike down federal and state regulations.