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Ripple effect (access required)

Arizona’s matching funds system for publicly financed campaigns may be going down, but it probably won’t go alone.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block Arizona’s Clean Elections system from distributing matching funds is a bad omen for similar systems in other states, and could portend their end if the court rules that matching funds are unconstitutional, according to legal experts and campaign finance reform advocates.

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How matching funds work in Arizona (access required)

Arizona's Clean Elections system provides an initial disbursement of varying amounts to candidates to choose to run with public financing. The amount of the disbursement depends on whether the candidate is running for a legislative seat, or an executive position such as governor, attorney general, secretary of state, etc.

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Capitol Quotes: June 4, 2010

“When we got in the race it was us, Brewer and Dean Martin. Nobody had ever heard of Buz Mills back in October.” — John Munger, saying Clean Elections was the reason he dropped out of the governor’s race.

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Capitol Quotes: June 4, 2010

“When we got in the race it was us, Brewer and Dean Martin. Nobody had ever heard of Buz Mills back in October.” — John Munger, saying Clean Elections was the reason he dropped out of the governor’s race.

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Leff wins big with matching funds ruling

While much of the attention has been focused on the gubernatorial race since a federal court upheld matching funds, another candidate for a statewide race also is likely to benefit from the opinion — Sen. Barbara Leff of Paradise Valley.

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