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Brewer qualifies for Clean Elections funding

With her fundraising for the primary officially complete, Gov. Jan Brewer has one less thing to worry about as she wages her campaign for a full term on the Ninth Floor.

Brewer on Feb. 12 became the second candidate in Arizona to qualify for public funding in the 2010 election cycle, submitting 5,892 signatures and $5 contributions, surpassing the minimum 4,410 gubernatorial candidates need to qualify.

Campaign spokesman Doug Cole said he expected to receive Brewer’s $707,447 primary check from the Citizens Clean Election Commission on Feb. 16 or 17.

Brewer, though, might take her time spending it. Cole said the campaign has no plans to launch television and radio spots in the near future, and said “Brewer in ‘10” campaign signs won’t be popping up at intersections anytime soon either. The primary election is on Aug. 24.

“We’ll stick with our campaign plan that we’ve internally laid out,” said Cole, though he wouldn’t disclose any details of Brewer’s campaign strategy.

The money puts Brewer near the top of the pack in fundraising for the gubernatorial race. Only businessman Owen “Buz” Mills has more cash on hand after writing a $2 million check to his campaign in January. Former Arizona GOP Chairman John Munger raised about $200,000 prior to the Dec. 31 campaign finance reporting deadline. The other gubernatorial candidates who are running clean, state Treasurer Dean Martin and Attorney General Terry Goddard, have not yet qualified for Clean Elections money.

Only one candidate, former Senate President Brenda Burns, qualified for Clean Elections funding earlier than Brewer. Burns, who is running for Corporation Commission, was certified by the commission on Feb. 9.

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