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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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Center for Arizona Policy faces more scrutiny in the wake of SB1062 (access required)

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The international furor over SB1062 has led to a reassessment of the Evangelical Christian lobby behind the bill and whose power at the Capitol was considered to be unparalleled. Some said the Center for Arizona Policy and its president, Cathi Herrod, overreached and gave the state a black eye. Others say that even if its influence is undiminished.

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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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