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Republican lawmaker prompts state investigation of Tempe ban on dark money

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Rep. Vince Leach

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

Republican Sen. Vince Leach wants the attorney general to investigate if a Tempe ordinance designed to shed a light on anonymous campaign spending conflicts with state law.

Whether the ordinance stands or is found in conflict may hinge on the role Tempe voters had in approving it.

The ordinance, which requires any organization that spends more than $1,000 in a city election cycle to disclose the source of its funding, was approved by a 9-to-1 margin in March 2018.

Technically, the Tempe City Council also approved the ordinance.

The council voted to adopt the anti-dark money measure in November 2017, but its enactment was conditional on the approval of the city’s voters.

Leach, a Tucson Republican, said that it doesn’t matter whether the voters had a say or not. What matters, he said, is that the “city still took the action.”

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