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Candidates sticking to public funds… for now

The shaky future of matching funds isn’t leading any publicly funded candidates to shy away from Clean Elections funding. CCEC Director Todd Land said four new candidates have filed to run publicly funded campaigns since Judge Roslyn Silver’s Jan. 19 order deemed matching funds unconstitutional.

So far, Lang said, no one has switched their campaigns to run with traditional funding due to the ruling. In fact, two candidates – Corporation Commission candidate Brenda Burns and Huppenthal, who is running for state superintendant – have turned in their $5 contributions and signatures since the ruling. Of course, many candidates are likely waiting to see if the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stays Silver’s decision through the rest of the campaign cycle. The CCEC filed a notice of appeal with the Ninth Circuit on Friday, and Lang said the full appeal will be filed later this week.

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