PHOENIX — A rare split decision by the Arizona Supreme Court said a
voter-approved law on campaign contributions set a formula to calculate
contribution limits without setting a limit at a fixed amount.
The 3-2 opinion issued Wednesday explained the legal underpinning of the court’s
December decision allowing higher campaign contribution limits approved by the
Republican-led Legislature to take effect.
Under the new limits, candidates for statewide and legislative office are
allowed to raise thousands of dollars more each election.
Democrats and a state commission argued that the higher limits run afoul of a
1998 campaign finance law approved by voters.
However, the court’s majority opinion said the 1998 law was ambiguous but must
reasonably be read as only setting a way to calculate contribution limits, not
to set a firm limit.