For Immediate Release
February 10 , 2009
For more information, contact Jim Drake at (602) 542-0681
Sec. of State Bennett Announces Clean Elections Spending Limits
Two Year Adjustment Announced for Upcoming Elections
PHOENIX -- Today, Secretary of State Ken Bennett unveiled the funding amounts available for qualifying “Clean Elections” candidates in the 2010 election cycle. State law provides for these funding levels to be adjusted by the Secretary of State every two years.
The Citizens Clean Elections Act, passed as an initiative by the voters in 1998, is a campaign finance reform measure that provides public funding to qualified statewide and legislative candidates.
The 2010 election cycle will be the sixth time candidates in Arizona will be permitted to take part in this system as “participating candidates.” The choice is strictly voluntary, although public funding is available only to participating candidates who qualify for funding. To qualify for funding, participating candidates must adhere to spending and contribution limits and gather $5 qualifying contributions from district constituents who are registered voters.
According to Secretary Bennett, “The numbers released today establish the new Clean Elections spending limits for the 2010 election cycle and take into account recent inflation figures as well as the percent increase in state resident income tax returns as required by law.”
Secretary Bennett revealed the new figures in a letter to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission. The new limits are also posted on the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov .
A copy of the 2009-2010 Clean Elections Biennial Adjustments chart is included with this press release. Copies are also available at the Secretary of State's office on the 7 th Floor of the State Capitol, or by calling the Elections Services Division at 602-542-8683 or 1-877-THE-VOTE (1-877-843-8683), or by visiting the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov .