First, Arizona legislators agreed to ask voters whether to get rid of public financing of elections for statewide and legislative posts.
Next, backers of public financing filed a lawsuit to block that 2012 vote on a constitutional amendment, according to an East Valley Tribune article.
The proposed constitutional amendment does not specifically repeal existing Arizona law but effectively voids it by barring the expenditure of public funds for political campaigns.
Republican state Sen. Steve Pierce said that Arizona’s budget deficit makes it “totally inappropriate for anyone to run on state funds when that money could be used someplace else,” an Arizona Daily Star article reported. Critics also say participants have abused the system, an Associated Press article said.
Backers of Arizona’s existing system, on the other hand, contend more people can run for elective office by using it, and it reduces the clout of deep-pocketed interests.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case, McComish v. Bennett, challenging a key provision of the Arizona public funding statute. You can learn about it from Gavel Grab or from a Justice at Stake issues page on the case.