Arizona voters could finally end dark money attack ads (or at least out the attackers)

Kelly Gibbs of Flagstaff has collected nearly 2,500 signatures to get the Voters’ Right to Know Act (dark money disclosure) on Arizona’s November ballot/Courtesy Kelly Gibbs

Opinion: After six years of trying, Arizona voters may finally get a chance to decide whether we should get to know who is secretly spending big money to try to influence our vote.

By Laurie Roberts |Arizona Republic

For all of you who don’t believe that fat-cats should be able to hide in the bushes as they secretly try to buy our elections, it’s almost time to break out the hallelujahs.


After six years of trying, Arizona voters may at long last have a chance this year to demand an end to the “dark money” campaign attacks that have become a fixture in Arizona elections. Or at least, to require that the funders of such attacks identify themselves.

The Voters’ Right to Know Act, requiring disclosure of major contributors to independent campaigns, has gathered easily more than 300,000 signatures from Arizona voters and appears headed to the November ballot

I say “appears” because the forces of darkness – those nefarious forces who prefer to operate in the dark – will be out in full force, pulling out all the stops to knock it off the ballot.

That’s because they know it’ll pass in a heartbeat if voters have anything to say about it.

Fourth time’s the charm for this initiative?


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June 2022