The Attorney General last week asked the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to moot the state’s appeal in Galassini v. Fountain Hills, which invalidated Arizona’s old definition of political committee.Read More »
A top official from the Secretary of State’s Office said the retroactivity clause in its bill to rewrite the definition of “political committee” should prevent the dismissal of any pending enforcement actions based on the old definition.Read More »
The legal wilderness that Arizona’s campaign finance regulations have encountered since a federal judge struck down a key statute last year may be nearing an end.Read More »
State Elections Director Eric Spencer today told our reporter that the secretary of state’s office will be pushing for a change in the definition of “political committee” following a federal court ruling last year that the current one is unconstitutional because it is vague and overbroad.Read More »
The state of Arizona is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that threw the state’s election laws into disarray by striking down the statutory definition of “political committee” as unconstitutional.Read More »
Paul G. Ryan asked the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office what seemed like a simple question: Is a state nonprofit that spends money to influence elections actually a political committee?Read More »
While the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights and the Americans for Responsible Leadership successfully settled to pay only a combined $1 million for failing to adhere to California’s campaign disclosure laws, the political committees that received millions of dollars from the Koch-associated groups still could face heftier enforcement actions.Read More »
Mysterious visits to south Phoenix home became catalyst for new elections law
Rey Valenzuela was at his home in south Phoenix during election season last year when a young man, clipboard in hand, knocked on his door and asked for his wife.
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.
The debate over whether to raise Arizona’s traditional campaign contribution limits may ultimately end up in court, but enough state senators ere convinced Tuesday that adjusting contribution limits for individuals and political action committees does not require a three-quarter vote.Read More »