Wednesday, June 9, 2010

No Private Money for Brewer

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

In the wake of the Supreme Court's blocking of matching funds, the Clean Elections Commission has rejected a call from Gov. Jan Brewer to allow her to raise private funds to match Republican gubernatorial candidate Buz Mill's big wallet. Howie has details here.

But the commissioners have an alternative idea:

Instead, the commissioners approved a motion urging lawmakers to come into a special session immediately to increase the amount of money given to all publicly funded candidates. That session would have to be called by Brewer, who would benefit from the move.

Lotsa luck with that. Forget the merits, whatever they may be; in this anti-incumbent atmosphere, can sitting lawmakers really vote to give themselves more money for campaigns after cutting funding for everything else in the state? Just calling the session would bring Brewer more than a million dollars' worth of bad publicity.

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