After having to deal with a pesky antagonist who mounted a challenge to his $5 Clean Elections contributions, State Treasurer Dean Martin has made it to the cash stash after it was determined that his qualifying contributions did not contain enough duplicates to necessitate a full review of all 5,453 signatures he submitted.
Martin will now receive up to $707,443 in public money for his gubernatorial primary campaign.
Despite the challenge, a 5 percent review by the Secretary of State’s Office, as provided by law, concluded that Martin is qualified to receive funding from the Clean Elections commission.
A June 8 U.S. Supreme Court decision that blocked Arizona from distributing matching funds to Clean Elections candidates cost Martin and Gov. Jan Brewer $1.4 million extra taxpayer-funded support. The court ruled against penalizing privately funded office seekers by providing matching funds to their opponents.