By CRISTINA SILVA
PHOENIX (AP) - Winning an election in Arizona could get a lot more expensive under a proposed campaign contribution law championed by Republicans.
A House committee advanced a bill in a 5-3 vote Thursday that would wildly increase the amount of money individuals and political committees can give to candidates.
The bill only impacts candidates running with private financing. Critics say the measure would severely wound the state's public campaign funding option.
The bill would allow statewide, legislative or other candidates to accept $2,500 from individual donors and $5,000 from some political committees. The bill would allow candidates to collect the maximum contribution twice - during the primary and the general election.
Arizona currently caps individual contributions at $1,010 per statewide candidate and $488 per legislative candidate through the primary and general elections.
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