Arizona Bill to Amend Various Parts of Public Funding Would Help Independent Candidates

Three Republican and four Democratic Arizona state representatives have introduced HB 2575, which makes many small changes to the public funding program for candidates for state office. Among the many changes is a revision of how independent candidates are treated in the primary season. Under current law, independent candidates can only receive 70% as much public funding as candidates running in a party primary, during primary season. The bill would delete the reference to 70%, so that if the bill passes, independent candidates would receive must as much public funding during primary season as any other candidates.

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