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On November 10th, I asked for comments and suggestions on the draft of the Disclosure Amendment. Did Arizona ever come through! I got many good suggestions and a lot of enforceability. Both were appreciated!
When Arizona voters head to the polls next fall, they could decide whether to curb so-called "dark money" in state and local political campaigns.
A group called Outlaw Dirty Money wants to end anonymous financing in elections through a ballot initiative. The measure would amend the state Constitution to require that people making expenditures to sway campaigns disclose the names of major donors.
Their goal: Remove the veil so Arizonans know who's behind the wave of outside money that's flooded recent elections for statewide office.
Former Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard and campaign consultant Bob Grossfeld are leading the effort — a follow-up to Goddard's unsuccessful 2016 push to stem the influence of dark money.
The phrase "dark money" typically refers to political spending by advocacy groups — often in the form of 501(c)4 non-profit corporations — that aren't required to, and won't, disclose their donors.
A new campaign that would force the disclosure of the most anonymous political donations -- so-called dark money -- is now up and running. It could go to a statewide vote next year. Campaign Chairman Terry Goddard, a former Arizona attorney general, told us why his second attempt to ban dark money will be different from the first.
-Originally published by Brahm Resnik, MSNBC on December 04, 2017, 9:30 AM.
"If you are not ashamed of the cause you represent, take off your mask, let everyone see who you are."
Those are the words of Arizona Representative Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, who has proposed a new law to ban masks at political protests.
In fact, the same could be said of "dark money" contributions to political candidates and causes, which have been used by both Republican and Democratic groups.
But the masks could be stripped off big-money donors in a couple of years, if voters end up approving a planned 2018 ballot initiative filed last week.
Listen up, Arizona.
It’s time to take the law into your own hands – by changing it, so that you can see who is really running this state.
We’ve waited a long time for Arizona’s leaders to stand up for us, to embrace the fundamental concept that we should know who is behind the dark-money campaigns that increasingly are buying this state’s elections.
Instead, our leaders – some of them the beneficiaries of those dark-money campaigns -- have steadfastly and repeatedly refused to demand transparency in campaign spending. Anonymous interests spent more than $15 million getting the governor, Corporation Commission and Legislature they wanted in 2014, and hundreds of thousands of dollars more in the 2016 legislative races.
And what was our leaders’ response? In 2017, they passed a law that will open the floodgates to even more dark-money spending in 2018 and beyond.