Judge refuses to halt Ariz. extra campaign money

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PHOENIX -- A federal judge is refusing to cut off additional money provided to publicly funded candidates outspent by privately funded opponents in Arizona.

U.S. District Judge Rosyln Silver's ruling Tuesday comes in a case brought by critics of the state's "Clean Elections" campaign law. They contend that matching funds are unconstitutional.

In arguments last week, the critics requested a preliminary injunction to cut off matching funds. They suggested that dozens of potentially affected candidates could be allowed to seek private contributions.

Supporters of public campaign funding said changing the system so close to the Nov. 4 general election would be impracticable and unfair.

Silver's brief order says she'll explain why she won't issue the injunction later.

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