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Banking Across the Border – South: Dollars can be a dirty word at banks on US-Mexico border

Roberto Castro, chief executive officer of Farmacias Roma, gestures inside one of his locations in Tijuana, Mexico on Jan. 27. Castro, whose customers often pay in dollars, faces tough challenges amid a clamor to crack down on money laundering. Many American banks, wary of the potential for massive penalties, have closed Mexican accounts or saddled customers with new restrictions rather than risk the chance. (AP Photo/ Elliot Spagat)

The clamor to crack down on laundering drug money was loud in 2010 when Wachovia National Bank was found to have let $110 million from Mexico be sent through its accounts. It grew two years later when HSBC Holdings PLC agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle violations that included letting hundreds of millions of dollars from drug cartels flow through one of the world’s largest banks.

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The Power of Money (access required)

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New campaign finance laws could restore clout of business community

Business interests that once served as the gatekeepers of Arizona’s elections may be regaining some of the clout they lost during the Clean Elections era.

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Senator proposes online voting for 2014 (access required)

Sen. Bob Worsley (File photo)

A bill to establish an online voting pilot program in time for the 2014 primary election is drawing bipartisan support in the Arizona State Senate.

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said the technology is readily available to ensure the safety and accuracy of online voting – an effort that could save the state millions of dollars in expenses racked up by mailing ballots to voters, he added.

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Bankers file suit to challenge repeal of foreclosure law (access required)

A coalition of bankers has asked the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn the repeal of legislation enacted to benefit banks harmed by a wave of foreclosures. On Oct. 21, the Arizona Bankers Association has filed a petition for special action with the state's highest court in hopes of negating a provision included in state budget legislation that successfully repealed a foreclosure law signed into law in July.

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