With the Supreme Court ruling, candidates participating in public campaign financing will be eligible to receive only a single, lump-sum payment at the start of the primary and general elections.
Julie Archer, with the state Citizen Action Group and with Citizens for Clean Elections, said the organization would submit legislation calling for lump sum payments of $300,000 in contested primary elections and $525,000 in general elections.
She said Loughry got additional benefit from news coverage over his fight for matching funds, in addition to the public campaign funds.
"I think he did benefit greatly from all the media coverage surrounding the litigation on the pilot project," she said.
Currently, the public campaign financing account has a balance of $2.6 million, which would provide financing for no more than four or five candidates if the Legislature does not appropriate additional funds.
The next scheduled election for state Supreme Court will be in 2016, with only one seat up for election.
If the Legislature takes no action to extend public campaign financing this session, the pilot project legislation will sunset on June 30, and the $2.6 million will go into the state general revenue fund.
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