A proposed rule change at the Clean Elections Commission that was initially aimed at cracking down on “convenience corporations” that form to spend dark money in elections may undergo a significant change thanks to the recommendations of former Commissioner Louis Hoffman.Read More »
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The Citizens Clean Elections Commission voted to impose a $96,000 fine against the Legacy Foundation Action Fund over ads it ran criticizing then-Mesa Mayor Scott Smith after deciding that they should have been reported as campaign commercials for the governor’s race.Read More »
Now that SB1344 has taken effect, I write to announce that the Clean Elections Commission will continue its mission without change.Read More »
Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin asked the Arizona Supreme Court to lift an injunction against new campaign contributionlimits passed by the Legislature.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court declined to accept a case challenging the state’s new campaign contribution limits.
In a Tuesday afternoon order, Justice Robert Brutinel wrote that the court would not accept a petition for special action filed by opponents of HB2593, who hoped to bypass the lower courts and go straight to the Supreme Court. Brutinel did not elaborate on the high court’s reason for declining jurisdiction in the case.
Thomas Collins, the attorney who has provided legal advice to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission for the past two and a half years, will take over the agency as its new executive director.Read More »
Opponents of a bill that dramatically raises the state’s campaign contribution limits are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to strike it down before it goes into effect in two months, arguing that the measure violates the Voter Protection Act.Read More »
A provision in the 1998 ballot measure that created Arizona’s Clean Elections system may hold the key to whether the state’s new campaign contribution limits will go into effect for 2014.Read More »
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.Read More »
"Their majorities haven't helped them." - Rep. David Schapira, a Democrat from Tempe, speaking Nov. 4 about the need for Republican leaders to negotiate a budget fix with Democrats.Read More »