A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has blocked efforts by Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican-controlled Legislature to create new exceptions to laws that require disclosure of campaign finance spending. Ruling restores expanded oversight by Clean Elections Commission over campaign finances:
In a ruling released Wednesday, Judge David Palmer said a 2017 measure unconstitutionally conflicts with a 1998 voter-approved law designed to reduce the influence of money on politics.
Wednesday’s decision most immediately limits the ability of political parties to spend unlimited dollars on behalf of their candidates without disclosing the expenditures. It also voids some exemptions that lawmakers created in campaign finance laws, like allowing people to pay the legal fees of candidates without it counting against the legal limit of how much financial help they can provide.
But attorney Jim Barton, who represented those challenging the 2017 law, said the most significant part of the ruling is it restores the right of the voter-created Citizens Clean Elections Commission to police and enforce campaign finance laws against all candidates and their donors, not just those who are running with public financing.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Campaigns, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Election Integrity, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Governor, Legislation, Party Politics, Scandals, Voting Rights
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission, campaign finance
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry opposed the citizens initiative to create the Citizens Clean Elections Commissions. They lost. They have used their lickspittle lackeys in Arizona’s GOP-controlled legislature ever since to undermine the commission – with some success – with the goal to eventually destroy it.
Their latest effort is Prop. 306 which misleading claims to reform some clean elections rules. Don’t be fooled by the language of the ballot measure.
Mark Kimble, former editor of the now defunct Tucson Citizen, has an op-ed at the Arizona Daily Star which explains Prop 306 imperils nonpartisan Citizens Clean Elections Commission:
Twenty years ago, Arizona voters approved formation of the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, to “improve the integrity of Arizona state government and promote public confidence in the Arizona political process.”
But on the November ballot, the Arizona Legislature, using Prop. 306, is trying to trick you into doing away with the nonpartisan Clean Elections Commission. They want you to turn the entire process over to a shadow group of political appointees, all of whom would represent only the party of the governor.
Legislators want to do all they can to make sure the sources of dark money in political campaigns remain secret. And they want your help.
Take a close look at Prop. 306 and understand what the real goal is.
The majority in the Legislature knew that if they put on the ballot a clearly worded proposition to do away with clean elections, it would be soundly rejected. So they resorted to obfuscation and misdirection.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Campaigns, Constitution, Corruption, Election Integrity, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Initiatives, Legislation, Party Politics, Propositions, Scandals
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission, dark money
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has announced its preliminary debate schedule. The schedule is subject to further change. Be sure to check back at the Citizens Clean Elections web site.
Monday, June 11, 6:00 p.m.: LD 30 Clean Elections Debate at Glendale Civic Center – Glendale.
Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m.: LD 24 Clean Elections Debate at Hampton Inn Biltmore – Phoenix.
Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m.: LD 22 Clean Elections Debate at Hampton Inn – Surprise.
Thursday, June 14, 6:00 p.m.: LD 15 Clean Elections Debate at Hilton Garden Inn – Phoenix.
Friday, June 15, 6:00 p.m.: LD 20 Clean Elections Debate at Thunderbird School – Phoenix.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Debates, Governor, Party Politics, Political Calendar, Primaries
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission, Arizona Corporation Commission, Arizona Secretary of State, arizona superintendent of public instruction, Arizona Treasurer, AZ attorney general
What is Clean Elections all about? Why would anyone choose to run for office using Arizona’s Clean Elections system– rather than run a “traditional” political campaign fueled by as much cash as you can rake in? How does the Clean Elections system work? What are the advantages and disadvantages to running a publicly funded campaign vs a privately funded campaign?
Please join former Arizona Senate Minority Leader Phil Lopes and I at the PDA Tucson Clean Elections Forum, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ward 6 office (Facebook event here.) Phil ran clean and won every election. I ran clean and won in 2016, and my 2018 re-election campaign is also a clean campaign.
If you think that big-money politics and special interests are destroying our democracy, come on down and learn about Clean Elections. Have you been toying with the idea of running for office but can’t stand the idea of making hundreds of fundraising phone calls to raise the cash the consultants say you need?
Clean Elections is a grassroots system of organizing and funding a political campaign; it was created by the Citizens Initiative process.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Campaigns, Community, Election Integrity, Elections, Ethics, Pamela Powers Hannley, Tucson
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission, campaign finance, Clean Elections, pamela powers hannley, Progressive Democrats of America - Tucson
The Arizona Citizen’s Clean Election Commission hosted a debate between the 3 women candidates running for 2 House seats in AZ state legislature for LD 10. This debate was held on June 27, 2016 at the PCC District Office on Broadway Blvd.
Incumbent Rep. Stefanie Mach (2 terms) is running for re-election, and political newcomers Prof. Kirsten Engel and Courtney Frogge are also running. Two of these candidates will face off with Republican Todd Clodfelter, who has run twice before for this seat, in the General Election.
Here’s the online video to watch:
Also I previously posted the CCEC online debates for contested Democratic House races in LD 2 and LD 9. Here they are again, in case you missed them:
Vote wisely on or before August 30. Early ballots go out on August 3, 2016.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission, Arizona primary, Courtney Frogge, Kirsten Engel, LD 10, LD 2, LD 9, Stefanie Mach, Todd Clodfelter