The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up an appeal from the Green Party of Connecticut, contesting the state’s requirements for third-party candidates to qualify for public financing.
The justices made the decision without comment. The Green Party suit, filed in 2006, said the thresholds set for participation in Connecticut’s Citizen Election Program discriminates against third party candidates.
The Green Party called the Supreme Court’s move a “serious disappointment” and said it effectively upholds “discrimination against minor parties in public financing of election campaigns…. We must continue to fight to open up the two-party system to competition.”