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Who’s got the juice? Some of the biggest power brokers of 2014 election are unknown (access required)

Who’s got the juice? Some of the biggest power brokers of 2014 election are unknown <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Determining the most influential people of 2014 becomes far more difficult when so many of them are anonymous. Such was the case in Arizona, where a predominant feature of the election cycle was “dark money,” the anonymous campaign spending that has proliferated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling in 2010.

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New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns (access required)

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Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

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Clean Elections: A fair shake? (access required)

Arizona’s Clean Elections system has had a polarizing effect on Arizona politics since becoming law in 1998. Supporters claim it eliminates the influence of special-interest money in elections, while opponents say the system is unfair and dampens free speech.

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