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Judge rejects Clean Elections referendum

A judge has ruled that a referendum to abolish Arizona’s public campaign finance system can’t go on the state’s 2012 ballot.

Wednesday’s ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink says the measure approved by the Republican-led Legislature violates a state constitutional ban against multiple subjects on a constitutional amendment.

Fink says the proposal violates the so-called single-subject rule by going further than abolishing the public campaign finance systems of the state, also called Clean Elections, and the city of Tucson. He says it crosses the line by also transferring money from Tucson’s public campaign finance system.

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