Supreme Court to Rule on Ariz. Law That Gives Extra Cash to Publicly Funded Candidates

By MARK SHERMAN | June 27, 2011 | 2:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is expected to rule Monday on an Arizona campaign finance law that gives extra cash to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals and independent groups.

Supporters of stricter limits on political spending fear that the Arizona case will be the latest in a series of decisions by the court's conservative majority upending campaign finance laws.

The Arizona law was passed after a public corruption scandal and was intended to reward candidates who forgo raising campaign cash, even in the face of heavy spending by privately funded rivals or independent groups.

The law's challengers say it violates the First Amendment.