Arizona Democrats going after ‘dark money’

dark-money620By Matthew Hendley | Phoenix New Times

Democrats in the Arizona House and Senate have unveiled a package of bills aimed at regulating so-called “dark money.”

Arizona’s been a hot-spot for the “dark money” issue, which involves organizations being able to dump millions of dollars into elections without having to reveal their donors — so much so that former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has called the state the “Cayman Islands for dark money.”

The package of bills proposed by Senator Martin Quezada and Representative Bruce Wheeler include tougher regulations on political spending, including disclosure of the top donors behind a group.

“In 2014, there was an estimate of $8.6 million in dark money spent in Arizona,” Quezada tells New Times. “That’s $8.6 million where nobody knows for sure where that money came from. A lot of races were decided by these expenditures.”

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