Arizona’s system of public campaign financing has been dealt a major, although expected, blow by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled June 27 that the matching funds provision of the Clean Elections Act is unconstitutional.Read More »
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Local political consultants and operatives disagree on what effect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the matching funds component of Arizona’s public campaign finance option will have on politics.Read More »
The big news this week is the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Arizona’s matching funds provision from Clean Elections. The ruling could be a game-changer for some who will seek legislative and statewide elected positions. But it also begs the question: What will we really be missing?Read More »
Just as Roberts used Clean Elections defenders' claims as a punching bag, Kagan authored a passionate dissenting opinion.Read More »
Yellow Sheet Report associate editor Christian Palmer talks about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on matching funds and what it will mean for politics in Arizona.Read More »
Ghosts of Clean Elections: Remaining law could be obstacle to increasing campaign contribution limits
If voters choose to permanently scrap public financing for campaigns in November 2012, proponents of higher campaign contribution limits may find themselves trying to answer a tricky question: How do you further the intent of a law that no longer exists?
They’re hoping they don’t have to find out.
The effort to put a Clean Elections repeal on the ballot overshadowed two other legislative referendums this year, and it promises to be the most contentiously fought of the measures in the upcoming 2012 election.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute fired a warning shot at the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Wednesday, telling the agency in a letter that its spending will be carefully monitored.Read More »
A “birther” bill here, a measure to allow guns on college campuses there. Arizona does produce more thoughtful and complex legislation, yet we still can’t shake the Donald Trump-levels of attention every time we do something that everybody else thinks is stupid.
But now the business community is launching an effort many believe will change all of that.
After years of having nothing to show for their legislative efforts to dismantle Arizona’s public campaign financing system, state business leaders and other opponents of Clean Elections enlisted the help of an unlikely ally.
On April 18, the Senate refered SCR1025 to the 2012 ballot. The success of the measure, which would ask voters to effectively gut Arizona’s embattled 13-year-old public finance system for legislative and statewide office candidates, can largely be attributed to one of Clean Election’s most ardent supporters.