Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed a longtime Phoenix lawyer and businessman to a four-year term on the state's Citizens Clean Elections Commission.Read More »
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Sen. Rich Crandall, a Mesa Republican, jumped into the school security fray today by announcing a proposal to raid extra Clean Elections funds to pay for more cops in schools and provide training for armed teachers and training school counselors to identify mentally unstable students.Read More »
The end of matching funds precipitated record low participation in Arizona’s Clean Elections system this year, and the candidates who switched away from publicly funded campaigns fared well.Read More »
As his failed campaign for the Senate ended Tuesday, former legislator Doug Quelland settled the fine he owed to the state, paying the Attorney General’s office $34,400.Read More »
With the linchpin of Clean Elections gone, participation in Arizona’s once-vigorous campaign financing system has nosedived to levels not seen since the program’s infancy.
Only 72 candidates have signed up for public financing this election cycle, compared to 121 in 2010.
The reason: Clean Elections suffered a devastating blow in the middle of the 2010 campaign season, when the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from distributing matching funds.
An Arizona judge is dismissing a lawsuit accusing a state agency of illegally spending public money to promote the state's public campaign finance system.Read More »
The saga surrounding the removal of former House member Doug Quelland from the Legislature isn't over quite yet.Read More »
“Due process I have not been given.” – Rep. Doug Quelland, explaining to fellow District 10 Republicans that he was wrongly punished by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and should be appointed to the seat left vacant by his removal from office. He wasn’t.Read More »
With less than a month to go before Clean Elections candidates start getting matching funds, the Goldwater Institute is falling back on its last line of defense to scrap the public financing system for the 2010 elections.Read More »
A Maricopa County superior court judge has denied Rep. Doug Quelland's request for a new trial in his campaign-finance case, refusing to accept Quelland's argument that an administrative law judge who ruled against him had ignored important evidence.Read More »