Of the $4.1 million spent to help four candidates vying for two open seats on the board that regulates Arizona's utilities - more than in any previous Corporation Commission race - the source of more than $3 million of that is shrouded in secrecy. The so-called "dark money" has gone entirely to help Republicans Tom Forese and Doug Little.Read More »
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The Arizona Free Enterprise Club today released its first poll since late September, and its results are largely the same, at least when it comes to the governor’s race. Ducey led DuVal 43 percent to 36 percent, with 5 percent going to Libertarian Barry Hess, 2 percent going to Americans Elect nominee John Lewis Mealer and 14 percent undecided.Read More »
As early ballots went out, the extremely lopsided outside spending in the governor’s race strongly favored Republican nominee Doug Ducey. In the meantime, independent expenditure spending for Democratic nominee Fred DuVal is picking up, but not by much.Read More »
The Republican Governors Association launched what is likely the largest single-week advertising blitz of the election cycle in Arizona, attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Fred DuVal as a “slick lobbyist” with a liberal record.Read More »
The amount of campaign cash that’s been spent by third party groups that don’t have to disclose their donors and have no spending limits — so called “dark money” — has reached an all-time high in 2014.Read More »
The dearth of reliable, independent polling in Arizona elections is nothing new. A long-term decline in independent polling by universities and media organizations has left IEs and other biased groups as the main source of publicly available polling for the state’s elections.Read More »
The Arizona Free Enterprise Club had spent roughly $1.5 million to influence voters in several statewide and legislative Republican primary races, but had stayed out of the hotly contested governor’s race – until now.Read More »
Since the Arizona Free Enterprise Club began its unprecedented spending in the secretary of state and Corp Comm races about six weeks ago, some observers have quietly speculated that the barrage of independent expenditures may herald the end of the group’s activities.Read More »
For a dose of fear and loathing on the campaign trail, check your mailbox.
As early ballots started arriving by mail this week for the primary election, voters’ mailboxes are also filling up with another kind of election material — political attack ads.
Lucy Mason and Vernon Parker, Republicans hoping to fill two vacant seats on the state’s energy and water regulating commission, say they have been libeled by a local anti-taxation group that sent a secretly funded campaign mailer slamming them and lauding two other Republican candidates.Read More »