Arizona appeals ruling striking down regulation of independent expenditure committees


dark_moneyEarlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge James Teilborg struck down a provision of Arizona’s campaign finance laws, likely removing any regulation of independent expenditure committees in Arizona. Federal Judge voids independent expenditure committee campaign finance law.

The state of Arizona is now appealing his decision. In the meantime, I would recommend that the Arizona legislature amend the law to address the concerns of Judge Teilborg and to render this appeal moot. Try to do it right this time! Save the taxpayers some money.

The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reported State appeals ruling on political committee law:

The state of Arizona is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that threw the state’s election laws into disarray by striking down the statutory definition of “political committee” as unconstitutional.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal with U.S. District Court Judge James Teilborg, informing him that the state is filing an appeal with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state is also awaiting Teilborg’s decision on a request to stay his Dec. 5 ruling.

Teilborg ruled that the state’s 183-word definition of “political committee” is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. Election officials say this could bar the enforcement of all election laws that rely on that definition, which includes the bulk of registration and disclosure laws.

Fix it!