Honorees Announced for Fifth Annual 'Acknowledging Arizona Advocates' Breakfast

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CONTACT: Danny Hernandez
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(PHOENIX) September 10, 2015 – On September 22, 2015, Arizona Advocacy Network (AZAN) will host its annual 'Acknowledging Arizona Advocates' (AAA) Breakfast at Macayo's in Phoenix, AZ. This year, AZAN honors the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and Mr. Louis Hoffman.

The AAA Breakfast, first held in 2011, showcases the work of community members and organizations who provide leadership for a government of, by and for the people. Past honorees include Tim Hogan, Paul Eckstein, Kathy and David Schwarz, Lydia Guzman, the League of Women Voters and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

“This event is designed to recognize leadership that strengthens Clean Elections and protects voting rights and fair courts. AZAN is honored to recognize ITCA and Mr. Hoffman,” said AZAN Board President Marie Provine.

ITCA was established in 1952 to provide a united voice for tribal governments located in the State of Arizona to address common issues of concern. ITCA has been committed to expanding voting rights and has been a strong partner of AZAN for over a decade. Together, these two organizations have successfully challenged anti-voter laws all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In March, they jointly released a report detailing opportunities for Arizona elected officials to modernize elections so that they are free, fair and accessible to all eligible citizens.

“ITCA has been instrumental in the fight to expand voting rights,” added Sam Wercinski, AZAN Executive Director. “Working with Arizona tribes, they have provided greater access to the ballot for all Arizonans.”

Louis J. Hoffman is one of the original drafters of the 1998 Citizens Clean Elections Act. He been at the forefront of campaign finance reform in Arizona, serving as chairman of the Clean Elections Commission and ensuring the Act is implemented as voters intended.

“Mr. Hoffman continues to work on strengthening Clean Elections, Arizona’s toughest anti-corruption law. His advocacy has a positive impact on empowering voters, not donors, and allowing working citizens to run for public office,” Mike Valder, a founder of AZAN said. “Louis continues to serve voters by advocating for rules under the authority of the Clean Elections Act to expose secret, unaccountable money that is polluting our elections today.”

The AAA Breakfast includes a buffet, a short program and closing remarks. Tickets can be purchased on the AAA Breakfast event page. General questions and sponsorship inquiries may be directed to AZAN Assistant Executive Director Stanley Williams at stanley@azadvocacy.org.

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About AZAN: Arizona Advocacy Network works for electoral justice, political rights and full civic participation to achieve government of, by and for the People. Our work includes: strengthening Arizona's Clean Elections system; advocating for full, immediate disclosure of all campaign contributions; promoting anti-corruption and conflict of interest laws including gift bans; guarding voting rights, voter registration and election integrity; defending Arizona’s judicial merit selection system, and protecting Arizona's ballot initiative and referendum processes. Learn more at www.AZadvocacy.org.