Arizona Senate supports ban on public campaign money
PHOENIX, Arizona: A proposal to ban the use of public money for campaign funding, known as SCR1025, was supported by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate last month. On June 22, 2009 the Senate voted 17-12 in favor of the constitutional amendment to the November 2010 general election ballot. The resolution now goes to the Arizona House of Representatives for consideration for the 2010 ballot.
The resolution calls for the elimination of funding for the state’s public financing program for candidates for state office. If accepted, surcharges on all civil, criminal, traffic fines and dollar-for-dollar tax credits available for campaign donations will end. In 1998, voters voted in favor of the campaign funding system. Since 1998, candidates running for legislative seats and statewide offices have used the funding system to run for office. However, candidates are not required to use the public funds.
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- Ballot Access News,"Arizona Senate Passes Two Election Law Bills," June 22, 2009
- Ballot Access News,"Arizona Bill to Stop Public Funding Advances," June 20, 2009
- East Valley Tribune,"Lawmakers look to gut Clean Elections funding," June 15, 2009
- Associated Pres,"Senate backs vote on ban on public campaign money," June 22, 2009