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Oct 24, 2016

In the world of outside spending, even watchdogs reap the benefits

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns has crafted his re-election campaign on being a watchdog against outside money in elections.

Oct 24, 2016

Here are the 5 biggest IE spenders for this year’s election

More than 200 independent expenditure committees have filed with the Secretary of State’s Office but not all spend to the same degree. Here are this election’s five biggest spenders.

Sep 7, 2016

Three-quarters of ‘outside’ election spending in AZ comes with scant disclosure

Of the $1.9 million spent this cycle by “outside groups” to affect Arizona elections, $565,000 – or about 30 percent – comes with no disclosure of the source of the money.

Oct 29, 2015

Clean Elections delays final vote on political committee rule

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission temporarily delayed its vote on a proposed rule that will clarify what constitutes a political committee under Arizona’s campaign finance statutes and possibly require disclosure from some dark money organizations due to last-minute changes that threw the commission’s meeting into confusion.

Nov 3, 2014

$10 million candidate: Spending favors Ducey by three-to-one margin

If GOP nominee Doug Ducey had shut down his campaign the day after the primary and hadn’t spent a dime since, Republicans still would have spent more than twice as much as Democrats on the Arizona governor’s race.

Aug 11, 2014

Moderate Republicans lodge complaints against political committee spending

Moderate Republicans who supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan in 2013 are facing heavy fire from one political committee making independent expenditures against them.

Oct 14, 2013

Judge’s ruling could create PAC ‘free-for-all’

Every law regulating ballot measure campaigns, political action committees and possibly even candidates’ campaign committees in Arizona may soon be wiped from the books, at least until the Legislature can write new ones.

Arizona campaign contribution limits
Apr 19, 2013

New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns

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.

Small gifts make big – and murky – difference in campaign finance transparency
Dec 20, 2012

Small gifts make big – and murky – difference in campaign finance transparency

Arizona was fairly giving this election season, kicking in at least $16 million to presidential candidates, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Aug 24, 2010

IE groups spend more freely sans matching funds

Rep. Adam Driggs, who is in a three-way Senate race for the Republican Party’s nomination in Legislative District 11, has received a huge boost from independent groups. But he's not the only one.