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More than 130 Clean Elections candidates this year

More than 130 political candidates are using Arizona’s Clean Elections public campaign finance system during this election season.

That’s up from 99 candidates at this point in 2008 and 117 during the same period in 2006.

Since it was first used to fund candidates’ campaigns in 2000, 536 candidates have used the system to fund their election bids.

The Clean Elections system provides funding for candidates for governor, legislative seats and other state offices.

Candidates who voluntarily participate must collect a set number of $5 contributions from voters to qualify for public funding. In return, they must adhere to certain spending limits.

Traffic and criminal fine surcharges fund most of the Clean Elections system.

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