Monday, October 26, 2015

Time to Shine A Light on Dark Money in Arizona

Time to Shine A Light on Dark Money in Arizona

Arizonans get another opportunity to stop dark money and provide for fair and transparent elections in our state.

They can demand accountability at the upcoming Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The Commission will be voting on new rules that will shine light on dark money groups in Arizona.

The Secretary of State’s office, however, opposes the Commission’s efforts to clarify murky laws and provide guidance to organizations and candidates who participate in our elections.

In the most recent legislative session, the Republicans revised Arizona election law regarding who must register as a political committee and disclose where they get their money and how they spend it in elections. That new law allows an organization whose “primary purpose” is not influencing an election to hide its spending from the public. But how do you know what an organization’s “primary purpose” is? The new law doesn’t answer that question. And that’s just the way the Secretary of State’s office wants it.

That’s where the Clean Elections Commission has stepped in and courageously chosen to take action against shady groups that want to influence your vote, not tell you where they get their money or what their agenda is. The Commission is set to adopt a rule that defines “primary purpose” and will require disclosure by organizations who meet that definition. This will allow voters to know who’s playing in their elections.

The Commission needs to hear from you and know that you support its efforts for fair and transparent elections.

To get involved, attend the meeting and make sure your voice is heard:

When:                 Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Where:                1616 W. Adams, Suite 110
                            Phoenix, Arizona 85007

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