There is an ad running on National Public Radio that claims Arizona’s Clean Elections “opens the door to citizens to run for political office.” This is pure political propaganda because Clean Elections does not open any doors – that is, all the other requirements for candidates remain the same.
Clean Elections simply opens the pocketbooks of Arizona citizens and takes out money involuntarily, mostly in the form of fines and fees, and transfers that money to candidates, thereby forcing our citizens to support candidates and views that they may never have voluntarily supported.
Warnings against such abuse go back to our founding fathers. Thomas Jefferson said that “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions, which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical.”
Clean Elections is just one more in a litany of government actions that are designed to put more of our lives under government supervision and control. Defenders of liberty should hope that efforts by groups such as the Goldwater Institute to free us of this tyranny will be successful.
— Roy Miller, Phoenix