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US Supreme Court hears campaign funding arguments

The front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

The front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday whether Arizona’s Clean Elections system can legally provide matching funds to candidates.

Participating candidates can collect a certain number of $5 donations from constituents and agree not to accept money from special-interest groups in exchange for a lump sum of public money to fund their campaigns.

The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Republican candidates who argued they limited their own campaign spending to avoid triggering additional public contributions to Clean Elections opponents and in effect chilled their own freedom of speech.

The executive director of the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission says its attorneys will explain how matching funds protect free speech and ensure that everyone can run for office, regardless of finances.

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