U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Monday on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down an Arizona campaign finance law that allowed states to use taxpayer funds to punish successful political campaigns:
"Today the Supreme Court ruled that a state cannot use taxpayer funds to punish a successful political campaign, overturning a 9th Circuit decision. This was a case that went to the very heart of free speech liberties and the court's disapproval of legislative favoritism. The high court has already ruled that penalties on political spending infringe on fundamental First Amendment rights. It was the view of the Supreme Court, which I share, that the Arizona statute substantially impinges on the fundamental right to engage in political speech without the government penalizing someone for it."