Two groups involved in Arizona politics are making a new bid to hide the names of their donors, with one saying that "government officials'' may threaten or intimidate them.
With efforts by one set of foes already rebuffed, the state's top Republican lawmakers are making their own bid to quash a new state law designed to shine a light on "dark money.''
Two organizations trying to influence state politics attempting to get exemptions for Prop 211 disclosures
Rebuffed in their bid to totally quash a voter-approved ban on "dark money,'' two organizations involved in trying to influence Arizona politics are now trying to at least get themselves and their donors exempted from its provisions.
A Superior Court judge dismissed the legal challenge to the Voters’ Right to Know Act, or Proposition 211, on June 22, and deemed the ballot measure requiring further donor disclosures for campaign media spending to be constitutional on both the state and federal level.
I am an avid supporter of Proposition 211, the “Anti-Dark Money” disclosure Initiative approved by almost three-quarters of voters in last year’s election. I believe that Prop. 211—now titled the Right to Know Act -- will promote more honest and open political communication (speech) in the public arena.
The group that convinced voters last year to expose "dark money'' contributions to political campaigns wants a federal judge to toss a bid by a conservative advocacy group to kill the new law.
Add it all up, and Prop. 211 will stifle Arizonans from advocating for causes they care about.
The group that convinced voters last year to outlaw "dark money'' is asking a judge to block a bid by two special interest groups to keep the law from taking effect. In new legal filings, attorney Chanele Reyes told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Scott McCoy there is nothing unconstitutional about ensuring that voters know who is trying to influence elections.
As a Republican former Arizona governor, a Democratic former Arizona attorney general, and an independent Arizona businessman, we were proud to represent the broad political spectrum to stop anonymous political spending in our state. Voters in November approved Proposition 211 or the “Voters’ Right to Know Act," however opponents of the measure aren’t giving up.
It could be months before the impact of Proposition 211 is seen in Arizona, but experts are already hailing the new law aimed at exposing “dark money” in politics as a model for the rest of the nation.
The Center for Arizona Policy, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and two “Doe” donor plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission seeking to strike Proposition 211 from the books.
It is time we live up to the late Justice Scalia's hopes for our country and be brave. This initiative will do that. It deserves your support, please vote yes on Proposition 211.