HB2306: AZ Legislature proposes increasing the influence of big money on elections

Citizens united

by Pamela Powers Hannley

So, here's the deal…

Arizonans passed the Citizens Clean Elections Act in 1998, but since the Arizona Legislature likes to do whatever they want to do and not necessarily what the people want, they have been trying to kill Clean Elections for years.

The Supreme Court helped them out in 2010, when it said matching funds to help level the playing field for Clean Elections candidates was unconstitutional because it violates free speech. (The Roberts Court made this decision basically the same week as the infamous Citizens United case which said corporations are people and money = speech.)

Now, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth– obviously doing the bidding of corporate masters– has proposed HB2306 which would increase the influence of big money on Ariozna politics.

From Arizona Advocacy Network:

HB 2306 would double the allowable PAC contributions to candidates, thus disregarding limits set by Arizona voters in the Clean Elections Act.  Not only does this spurn voters, but it also violates the Voter Protection Act because it does not promote the intent of voters to reign in Big Money influence.

Find out how you can stop this legislaion after the jump.

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January 28, 2013

Arizona Advocates are being asked to take action.

 

This Thursday, at 9:00am, we face our first challenge of the 2013 Legislative Session when House Bill 2306 (HB 2306) will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee.

 

HB 2306 would double the allowable PAC contributions to candidates, thus disregarding limits set by Arizona voters in the Clean Elections Act.  Not only does this spurn voters, but it also violates the Voter Protection Act because it does not promote the intent of voters to reign in Big Money influence.

 

Increasing lobbyist influence over elected officials is not what Arizona voters want.

 

The prime sponsor for HB 2306, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, is also the House Judiciary Committee Chairman.  

 

Call Chairman Farnsworth at 602-926-5735 today and ask him to withdraw HB 2306 from Thursday's agenda.  Leave a message if needed.  

 

Contact all the Judiciary members before Thursday at 9:00am and tell them:

1. Focus on voters, not donors.  Vote NO on HB 2306.

2. Respect voters and their desire to reign in big money influence over our government. Vote NO on HB 2306.

3. Honor Arizona Law and the Voter Protection Act. Vote NO on HB 2306.

 

Please spread our request and let's stop this first attack on the constitutionally upheld limits set by voters in 1998.

 

Click here to email the House Judiciary Committee through our online system to ask them to Vote NO on HB 2306. 

 

Thank you,

 

Sam Wercinski

Executive Director

Arizona Advocacy Network, 1450 East Indian School Rd, #106, Phoenix, AZ 85014

 

Support Voting Rights, Clean Elections, Fair and Unbiased Courts at www.AZadvocacy.org

0 responses to “HB2306: AZ Legislature proposes increasing the influence of big money on elections

  1. Thank you for the very informative article ! I have already experienced testifying before the “corporate representative” Farnsworth against his h.b. 2326 . He is someone I personally found to be so arrogant that I wouldn’t be surprised at anything he does but rest assured….he is very good at covering his tracks as he does the bidding of his corporate masters and protects his Franklin Charter School business.
    Leonard Clark