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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.
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.
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.
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.