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Arizona Senate to vote on public campaign funding

The Arizona Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters to bar use of public money for candidates’ campaigns.

The measure would eliminate the funding for the so-called Clean Elections system approved by Arizona voters 12 years ago. That system provides money participating candidates for state offices.

Most of the program’s funding comes from surcharges on criminal penalties and traffic fines.

One key element of the Clean Elections system is now under legal review.

The U.S. Supreme Court in March will hear arguments on whether to prohibit extra funding provided participating candidates who are outspent by privately funded rivals or targeted with independent expenditures.

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