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Dark money foes launch new effort for disclosure law

Posted by   /  March 26, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Former Attorney General Terry Goddard is hoping the third time’s a charm for efforts to prohibit the use of anonymous “dark money” in political campaigns. Goddard on Tuesday launched the campaign for the Voters’ Right to Know Act. The proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution would require anyone who […]

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High voter turnout makes direct democracy more difficult

Posted by   /  November 17, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times That record number of Arizonans who turned out to vote this year has a dark side for direct democracy: It’s going to be harder for voters to propose their own laws or get rid of ones they don’t like. And that poses a threat […]

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Could SCOTUS dark money ruling affect Arizona campaign finance law?

Posted by   /  September 26, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

  By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror Last week, the Supreme Court made a decision which has sent ripples through the world of “dark money” campaign finance at the national level, but don’t expect it to result in more disclosures of anonymous spending at the local level. Conservative group Crossroads GPS was appealing to the […]

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Judge to decide if ‘Dark money’ initiative can move forward

Posted by   /  August 22, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capital Media Services | Verde Independent The question of whether voters get to decide whether to outlaw “dark money’’ could depend on whether a judge voids a law that throws a hurdle in the path of initiative organizers. Attorney Kory Langhofer who represents groups that now do not disclose the source of […]

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Heads of anonymous-spending groups file suit vs. anti-‘dark money’ initiative

Posted by   /  July 20, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star Officials of two organizations known for anonymous spending on political campaigns filed suit late Thursday to keep Arizonans from voting on a measure that would make the practice illegal. The lawsuit charges that some of the paid circulators for the “Stop Dirty Money” campaign […]

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Grassroots school group to tackle ‘dark money’ measure

Posted by   /  May 9, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The group responsible for forcing a public vote on the future of vouchers will now help a bit to block “dark money” in future political campaigns. But it won’t be backing a plan to hike taxes on the rich to help fund schools. Dawn […]

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Secret money in Arizona is a monster, says a retiring lobbyist

Posted by   /  March 31, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Report: Arizona led the pack in dark money spikes just four years ago (Editor’s note: in a little-publicized 2016 report titled “Secret Spending in the States, the Brennan Center for Justice analyzed dark money spending in America. The findings still reverberate today. By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer nly last week the Arizona Legislature put […]

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Legislature nullifies Tempe call to reveal political contributions

Posted by   /  March 30, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic Nine of 10 Tempe voters called for lifting the curtain on secretive money in city elections, but lawmakers this week passed a bill that would stop that. The measure now goes to the governor, who was a beneficiary of ‘dark money’ spending in his 2014 run for office. “Dark […]

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House passes measure to keep cities from banning ‘dark money’

Posted by   /  February 14, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times State lawmakers voted Tuesday to block any efforts by Arizona cities and counties to find out – and inform the public – who is funneling money into local elections through nonprofit groups. On a 33-25 margin the Republican-controlled House voted to prohibit local government […]

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Tempe considers ballot measure to curb ‘dark money’ influence in elections

Posted by   /  October 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic 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” […]

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