Tempe may send a ballot measure to voters in an attempt to curb “dark money” influence in municipal elections.
Even if voters approve the measure, it would need to pass muster with the state. Arizona leaders have so far maintained that political non-profits, often referred to as “dark money” because their donors can remain anonymous, do not have to reveal their funding sources in most cases.
The amount of independent expenditures in local and national races has grown in recent years.
Some question whether Tempe is setting itself up for a lawsuit, but City Councilwoman Lauren Kuby says reform “percolates upward.”