Stakes are huge as judge ponders decision over new campaign contribution limits
After a 2½-hour hearing Tuesday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has two days to decide whether he’ll let new campaign contribution limits go into effect, potentially transforming Arizona politics in a major way.
Clean Elections Commission will continue contribution limits suit
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission voted to continue its fight against new campaign contribution limits in lower court after the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the case.
The commission on Thursday voted 3-2 to re-file the lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court and seek an injunction against HB2593. Without a court order blocking the law from going into effect, the dramatically higher contribution limits will go into effect on Sept. 13.
High court won’t weigh in on new campaign limits
The Arizona Supreme Court declined to accept a case challenging the state’s new campaign contribution limits.
In a Tuesday afternoon order, Justice Robert Brutinel wrote that the court would not accept a petition for special action filed by opponents of HB2593, who hoped to bypass the lower courts and go straight to the Supreme Court. Brutinel did not elaborate on the high court’s reason for declining jurisdiction in the case.
Clean Elections Commission set to interview four executive director finalists
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has selected four finalists for its vacant executive director position and will likely conduct interviews later this month.
Opponents say higher contribution limits violate Clean Elections, Voter Protection Act
A provision in the 1998 ballot measure that created Arizona’s Clean Elections system may hold the key to whether the state’s new campaign contribution limits will go into effect for 2014.
Clean Elections consolidation bill advances
The Citizen’s Clean Election Commission would be consolidated with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office and take on added responsibilities for overseeing election law violations and lobbyist reporting under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.
Clean Elections funding limits raised for 2014
Arizona’s Secretary of State is adjusting funding limits for candidates using Clean Elections money to run their campaigns.
Jan Brewer taps lawyer for Clean Elections post
Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed a longtime Phoenix lawyer and businessman to a four-year term on the state’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
Judge sheds light on campaign finance ruling
A Maricopa County judge shed some light on a recent ruling that found the core of Arizona’s campaign finance laws to be unconstitutional.
Republican Corporation Commission candidates violated rules, commission finds
Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission violated the rules by using hundreds of thousands of dollars that were meant to be spent in the primary to go after their Democratic general election opponents, the agency that runs the state’s public finance system agreed today.
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