Former attorney general crafting measure to eliminate ‘dirty money’ in campaigns

The Open and Honest Coalition, led in part by Terry Goddard, announces two ballot initiatives, one to disclose dark money and one to open primaries, on Jan. 21, 2016. /Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

A former state attorney general wants Arizonans to vote to constitutionally ban anonymous donations from political campaigns.

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Terry Goddard is crafting a “right to know” initiative that would guarantee in the state constitution that voters are entitled to know who is trying to sway their votes on who to elect for everything from statewide offices to school board members. The measure, which Goddard hopes to put to voters a year from now, also would impose the same requirements on those pushing future ballot measures.

Campaign consultant Bob Grossfeld said the effort starts with redefining for voters exactly what it is they are trying to curb. And that comes down to using new terminology.

“We’re done with this whole ‘dark money’ nonsense,” Grossfeld said, the term that has become synonymous in political rhetoric with dollars coming from unknown sources. But he said that’s technically neither a legal term or even one with an actual formal definition.


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November 2017