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Who’s got the juice? Some of the biggest power brokers of 2014 election are unknown (access required)

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Determining the most influential people of 2014 becomes far more difficult when so many of them are anonymous. Such was the case in Arizona, where a predominant feature of the election cycle was “dark money,” the anonymous campaign spending that has proliferated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling in 2010.

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Outside spending drives secretary of state races (access required)

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The Arizona Free Enterprise Club has never shown much of an interest in who serves as Arizona’s secretary of state. That changed this year. So far, the conservative, free market advocacy group has spent nearly $480,000 in the three-way Republican primary for secretary of state, promoting Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, and attacking opponents Wil Cardon and Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale.

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Donor fatigue (access required)

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Higher contribution limits don’t translate into avalanche of cash

Legislators who approved a controversial election law this year and are hoping to get a serious bump in their fundraising efforts should not expect to see an avalanche of hefty checks coming their way.

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Campaign finance changes’ unintended consequences (access required)

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Hoping to raise more cash, lawmakers instead face new limits

An oversight during the legislative session has made Arizona’s new campaign finance system much more complicated than anyone intended, leaving incumbent legislators and potential candidates scrambling to grasp its implications and comply with its provisions. Already, the law’s author is calling these unintended consequences “a nightmare.”

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