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    The Voice of the People

    New Effort Aims to ban 'Dark Money' in Arizona Elections

    Arizona voters may be asked next November to change the state Constitution, to outlaw so-called "dark money."

    Former Attorney General Terry Goddard is leading the effort to put the issue on the 2018 ballot.

    Goddard's group will have to collect more than 225,000 valid signatures by next July.

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    Defending democracy against populist anger a challenge

    In a world of secret offshore bank accounts, anonymous campaign donors and fake Facebook pages, transparency seems to be losing traction.

    And then there is the no-holds-barred White House messaging campaign of disrespect, name-calling and reckless hyperbole (to be charitable). Civility apparently no longer figures into the art of the deal.

    So it is refreshing to see three Arizona political figures come to the defense of these values in the name of democracy – even though they are in different political parties.

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    Roberts: Arizona voters have a chance to demand dark money disclosure

    Laurie Roberts: Who are the dark money forces increasingly trying to buy our elections? Arizona voters may soon have the chance to demand disclosure.

    For years, we’ve waited for Arizona’s leaders to step up for Arizona’s voters, to embrace the fundamental concept that we deserve to know who is trying to buy this state’s elections.

    For years, we’ve watched as Arizona’s leaders not only refused to demand transparency in campaign spending but actually passed a law making it even easier for cloaked interests to anonymously spend millions of dollars to get us to vote a certain way.

    Their way.

    Now, a pair of longtime political players are preparing to launch a citizens’ initiative aimed at yanking open the blackout curtains that have left us unable to see what’s really going on in this state.

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    Draft Outlaw Dirty Money petition

    As we wrote recently, before we launch the huge task of gathering thousands of signatures, we want to be as sure as possible that we got the Outlaw Dirty Money proposition right. The dirty money forces will attack every misplaced comma. Therefore, we want the maximum possible number of critical eyes to view the Outlaw Dirty Money text before it is filed. Once we file with the Secretary of State, the text cannot be changed.

    You will see right away that this Initiative Measure is a petition to amend the Arizona Constitution. It will require a minimum of 225,963 valid signatures of Arizona voters! Outlawing Dirty Money is so important, and the majority in the Legislature and most state officials are so hopelessly committed to protecting Dirty Money, that we decided the extra effort was needed. Let’s put this into our Constitution, where they cannot fiddle with it!

    The basic idea is very simple: we have the right to know where all the money in politics came from. Period. This Arizona Constitutional Amendment requires that the person who spends over $10,000 trying to influence an Arizona election must disclose the original source of the money. Not just who wrote the last check in a long series of transfers designed to hide the real contributor, but who wrote the first check from their own funds. We have the right to know!

    Please read the draft petition text on our Voice of the People website with a critical eye, considering all the implications. Please let us know your comments or corrections by returning this email before next Monday, November 20th. From finding typos (hope there are none!) to finding possible unintended consequences or unnecessary duplicate disclosures, we need your input. Either approve or improve it.

    Many thanks,

    Terry Goddard

    Attachment: Outlaw Dirty Money Review Version

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