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High court won’t weigh in on new campaign limits (access required)

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The Arizona Supreme Court declined to accept a case challenging the state’s new campaign contribution limits.

In a Tuesday afternoon order, Justice Robert Brutinel wrote that the court would not accept a petition for special action filed by opponents of HB2593, who hoped to bypass the lower courts and go straight to the Supreme Court. Brutinel did not elaborate on the high court’s reason for declining jurisdiction in the case.

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It’s someone else’s problem now

Lang’s decision to leave the commission, and Collins’ impending departure, created a vacuum at a crucial time. Lawmakers, some of whom have been feuding with the commission and with the idea of publicly-financing politicians’ campaigns, recently approved H2593 (Laws 2013, Chapter 98) to dramatically increase contribution limits for individuals and remove the aggregate caps.

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New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns (access required)

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Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

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