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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2005
For more information, contact Jim Drake at (602) 542-0681

Sec. of State Brewer Announces Increase of Clean Election Spending Limits

Two Year Adjustment Announced for Upcoming 2006 Elections

PHOENIX-- Today, Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer unveiled the funding amounts available for qualifying "Clean Election" candidates in the 2006 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 voters in 1998, is a campaign finance reform measure that provides public funding to qualified statewide and legislative candidates.

The 2006 election cycle will be the fourth 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 contributions limits and gather $5 qualifying contributions from district constituents who are registered voters.

According to Secretary Brewer, "In fulfilling my statutory duties to set the clean election spending limits, we took into account recent inflation figures as well as the percent increase in state resident income tax returns."

Secretary Brewer revealed the new figures in a letter to Chairman Marcia Busching of the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission. The accompanying chart shows the newly released figures for the 2006 election cycle.  Figures from the 2004 cycle are also included for comparison.

Charts containing these new numbers, as well as additional new limits to candidates, may be accessed at the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov.

To view the comparison chart, click here.

To view the new Candidate Limits, click here.

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