• The Supreme Court heard on Monday the most important campaign finance case since last year's Citizens United decision. At issue is an Arizona "clean elections" law that grants publicly funded candidates matching funds when their non-publicly funded opponent spends an amount over a certain threshold. Proponents of the law claim it gives publicly funded candidates the ability to keep parity against well funded opponents. Opponents of the law claim it infringes upon their free speech rights because they're penalized for spending money on campaigns as that spending triggers matching funds for their opponent.
|Secretary of State Ross Miller|
testifying on behalf of
AB 81 and AB 82
• As the redistricting process continues across the country, both parties are looking to raise millions of dollars for their efforts. The Democrats are aiming for $12.5 million in soft money while Republicans are looking for as much as $20 million. The money will go towards litigation battles over proposed maps, as well as making sure the parties have the best resources available.
• For the techies out there: Matthew Burton details the steps that are required to place the calendar of Prof. Elizabeth Warren, who oversees the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on the bureau's website. Publicly available calendars don't usually get as much attention as other types of FOIA requests or salary records, but they often contain interesting information about how a public official spends their day. You can view Warren's calendar here.