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Updated Feb 21, 2013 - 11:20 am

Arizona GOP wants new campaign contribution limits

PHOENIX — Winning an election in Arizona could soon get a lot more
expensive.

A House committee advanced a bill in a 5-3 vote Thursday that would wildly
increase Arizona’s campaign contribution limit.

The bill only impacts candidates running with private financing. Critics said
the measure would severely wound the state’s public campaign funding option.

The bill would allow statewide, legislative or other candidates to accept
$2,500 from individual donors and $5,000 from some political committees. The
bill would allow candidates to collect the maximum contribution twice — during
the primary and the general election.

Arizona caps individual contributions at $1,010 per statewide
candidate and $488 per legislative candidate through the primary and general
elections.

Meanwhile, the committee opted to stall a bill that would require notarized
signatures for early voters.

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