There is strong support for the Clean Election Act in Arizona. Three-fourths of likely voters (76 percent) strongly favor (29 percent) or favor (47 percent) the program. Further, by a five-to-one margin (53 percent to 11 percent), voters would oppose rather than support a legislative candidate who they knew was trying to repeal the Clean Elections Act.
It is also important to note that support for Clean Elections cuts across all important demographic groupings. For instance, among those with an opinion, 89 percent of the Democrats, 82 percent of the independents and 81 percent of the Republicans support the program. People in their middle years and those with higher levels of education were most supportive. These are, of course, people who tend to vote most in elections.
Support the PROPOSED VOTER VOUCHER PROGRAM as part of comprehensive campaign finance changes for privately financed and Clean Elections candidates.
(HB2575 introduced but not given a hearing. Voter Voucher program was offered as an amendment to HB2306 which was not heard in the Senate after HB2593 passed increasing only private campaign cash amounts.)
UPDATE 4/16/13: HB 2575 did not receive a hearing this session. Read the proposed amendment to HB2306, where a new "Voter Voucher Program" was proposed here.
HB 2575 contains a provision that creates the Voter Involvement Program (VIP). Under this proposed program, every voter gets ‘credits’ worth $50 to participating legislative candidates, $300 to participating statewide candidates. Voters can give these credits to participating candidates who appear on their primary ballot and then those on their general election ballot. Participating candidates seek Votes and Clean Elections funding from within their district/Arizona, focusing on voters they will represent, not PACs or outside Big Money donors.
VIP puts clean elections funding into the hands of voters.
Before Arizona voters passed Clean Elections in 1998, Big Money controlled who ran for public office and who was elected. They funded candidates they knew would advance the corporate agenda and cut off funding to challengers. Clean Elections has allowed candidates who want to represent the voters, run for office and win independent of lobbyists and special interest money. Big Money knows they cannot succeed in persuading voters to repeal Clean Elections, so they intend to dupe voters into defunding the program with a deceptive ballot measure in 2012. They want to kill Clean Elections now because they know that efforts to pass the Fair Elections Now Act--Clean Elections for federal races--have significant traction. With the stakes high we must protect Clean Elections and Clean Money in Arizona for government of, by and for the people.
When the U.S. Supreme Court gave Corporations the power to pour unlimited amounts of money into influencing elections, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and other Big Money goliaths decided they deserved more control over elected officials. Stilled annoyed that voters passed the 1998 anti-corruption law, the Citizen’s Clean Elections Act, after AZSCAM, and it’s impact on their power, corporations poured big bucks into killing Clean Elections in 2010 but failed. In 2011, they came back with bigger guns and the legislature passed SCR 1025 to deceptively repeal the key anti-corruption provision of providing campaign funds to qualifying candidates who choose not to accept funds from private, corporate or Big Money. It also would have killed Tucson’s 1987 Clean Money system and swept money from Tucson to the state’s general fund.
Clean Elections Candidates gain a shield against the influence and power that Big Money exerts on officials they fund for election. Join Arizona Advocacy Network to protect Clean Elections and
Coruption Money Tucson’s Clean Money program. Your support will help us strengthen this important anti-corruption law with a new small donor supplemental funding system that requires candidates to demonstrate viability while increasing civic participation and expanding access to our electoral system for those historically marginalized.
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