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Elections – Judges – Public Finance – Constitutional – First Amendment (access required)

North Carolina Right to Life Political Action Committee v. Leake Defendants have failed to distinguish North Carolina’s matching funds scheme for judicial elections from the scheme which was declared unconstitutional in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 131 S. Ct. 2806 (2011). Other than the state interests rejected in Bennett, defendants have failed to come forward with compelling state interests to justify the scheme.

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