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How Clean Funding Works

There are two funding options to pursue once you have decided to run for office: run as a Clean Elections candidate or a non-participating/traditional candidate.

Participating Candidates

Candidates who participate in the Clean Funding program receive funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Fund. By participating in this program, you agree to forgo special interest and high-dollar contributions.

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What is a Participating Candidate?
Traditional Candidates

Candidates who choose not to participate in the Clean Funding program will raise private funds and are subject to a contribution limit.

Preparing to Run

Are you thinking about running for statewide or legislative office? Arizona holds statewide and legislative elections every two years. Before getting your name on the ballot, there are a few things you need to know.

Things to Consider as a Potential Candidate
Before you run as an official candidate, there are items you need to consider, including what office you're running for and its eligibility requirements, how you will fund your campaign, and more.
Learn more about what to know before running

Clean Elections Candidate Training
Are you interested in running as a Clean Elections candidate? We host workshops that detail the qualifications and funding options. Workshop attendance is a requirement for candidates interested in receiving funding from Clean Elections.
Find out about upcoming workshops

Decided to Run

After deciding to run as a candidate, it's time to get to work. Clean Elections offers various resources that outline the steps required to get your name on the ballot.

Qualifying For the Ballot
As a Clean Elections candidate, there are requirements you must meet to have your name printed on the official ballot for statewide and legislative elections, including creating your campaign committee and filing your nomination paperwork by April 4, 2022.
Learn more about ballot qualifications

Campaign Finance Reporting Periods
You are required to submit a campaign finance report as a running candidate. This report outlines the contributions received and expenses made by a political committee or other political entities.
Find out 2021-2022 reporting dates

Candidate Portal
As a candidate in Arizona, you can access the Clean Elections Candidate Portal. This tool allows candidates to create a profile voters can access online and in the Voter Education Guide. The deadline to submit candidate profiles is August 10, 2022.
Learn more about the Clean Elections Candidate Portal

Candidate Resources
Running for office is no light task, which is why Clean Elections offers candidates an array of resources they can utilize throughout their campaigns, such as training materials, guides, and more.
Access our available resources

Candidate Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions, we have answers! We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions by candidates.
View our FAQs