Capitol Media: US Supreme Court Upholds Limit on Judicial Fundraising

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX — The need for public confidence in judges outweighs their First Amendment right to personally solicit donations for their campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded Wednesday.

In a ruling that directly affects Arizona, the majority of the court rejected arguments by a Florida attorney that she has the right to raise money in her bid for election as a judge. She argued that prohibitions in that state — just as there are in Arizona — interfere with her bid for office.


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