Opinion: Outlaw Dirty Money gets a big lift from a Republican governor (read: not Doug Ducey)

The Outlaw Dirty Money campaign snags a prominent Republican endorsement and already has 200k signatures, leaving dark money groups to plot how they can keep it from reaching voters.

By Laurie Roberts | The Republic 

Rejoice, Arizona. The campaign to rid our state of deep pocketed “dark money” donors — the ones who hide in the bushes as they try to buy our elections — is getting a boost.

Fife Symington/ Photo: Gage Skidmore

Former Republican Gov. Fife Symington has confirmed that he’s endorsing the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative on Thursday.

“I just feel it’s out of control,” he told me, referring to dark money spending on Arizona’s political campaigns.

Symington is the highest-profile Republican yet to support of turning on the lights in Arizona’s campaign-finance system.

If it’s on the ballot, it’ll pass

Not only do Gov. Doug Ducey and the GOP-run Legislature support dark money spending — they believe large donors have a First Amendment right to fool you into doing their bidding — they’ve actually opened the floodgates for more dark money spending in Arizona.

That, however, will change if Arizona voters have anything to say about it.

And it’s looking like we will.

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