Arizona's clean elections law argued in courtPosted: Updated:
The United States Supreme court heard arguments Monday challenging Arizona's "Clean Elections" law.
In its current form, the campaign finance system gives candidates who opt for public financing twice their base amount when they're outspent by an opponent.
Justices seized on the argument that candidates stifle their own spending to avoid money going to the opponent.
"The court understands the incredible risk that is posed by an electoral system that would engage the government as such a power player," said Nick Dranias from the Goldwater Institute
"Arizona has a creative system for giving non-wealthy people, non-business people, non-corporate interests,the opportunity to have their voices heard in a run for public office," said Timothy Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation.
The nation's highest court is expected to rule by the Summer whether to strike down the law.