Proposed Resolution in Response to the E-Qual Website Being Down for 10 Days

The E-Qual system that allows participating clean-elections candidates to receive $5 contributions online was down for at least 10 days from June 28 – July 7. In a campaign, 10 days is a long time and in response Arizona Advocacy has sent a letter to the Citizens Clean Elections Commissioners.

 

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Arizonans for Clean and Accountable Elections suspends campaign

Arizonans for Clean and Accountable Elections suspends campaign, derides “dirty tricks” used by Arizona Chamber

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Deliverables from the SOS

 

Letter sent to the Secretary of State's Office on June 21

 

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Dialogue with the County Recorder

 

Letter sent to County Recorder on June 15 & Responses

 

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2 Days Until Roast of Ruben Gallego

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe, but we are just two days away from 2016's signature event, the Arizona Advocacy Network Roast of Congressman Ruben Gallego!! We would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors and to give some additional information about parking and the night of the event.  

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What does SB1516: Dark Money Act mean for Clean Elections?

SB1516 Dark Money Act

SB.pngAs many of you know, we have been fighting SB1516 (Dark Money Act/ Campaign Finance Overhaul) from day 1. It's a nightmare for campaign finance and has no place in Arizona! Thank you to everyone who made calls and wrote letters urging legislators to vote against it. We came so close in the House! Unfortunately (to put it lightly), it passed by 1 vote and was signed into law. We are very supportive of Rep. Clark's effort to refer SB1516 to the voters. Ideally, SB1516 Dark Money Act will be repealed and the Clean & Accountable Elections initiative will become law and replace the atrocious campaign finance laws we have had for years. 

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Did you hear about Juli Myers?

Juli Myers is our Development Director and today is her 29th birthday. Do you know Juli? Let me tell you a little bit about her and how I know her.

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Legislative Wrap Up

 Not a single anti-clean elections bill survived!

117 days in session, with 1247 bills posted, 388 bills passing both houses, and 374 bills signed into  law, the 52nd Legislative Session ended on Saturday, May 7th after an all-nighter at 5:45 am

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Arizona Advocacy's Roast of Congressman Ruben Gallego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2016


Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Advocacy Network, Arizona’s premier citizens’ rights advocacy organization, is excited to announce the details of its 2016 signature event, the Arizona Advocacy Roast of Congressman Ruben Gallego.

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The Arizona Clean and Accountable Elections Act

The Clean and Accountable Elections Act is a new ballot measure filed on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. This act is designed to curtail private campaign donations, limit the influence of lobbyist, increase transparency, strengthen Arizona’s public-campaign finance system, and empower the Clean Elections Commission to oversee campaign finance laws. 

Below is a summary of what people are saying about the new ballot measure.

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New Initiative Launches to Give Everyday People a Bigger Voice in Elections

Phoenix, Ariz.—The Arizona Clean and Accountable Elections Act was filed with the Secretary of State’s office today to give everyday people a bigger voice in politics by strengthening the Clean Elections system and increasing transparency and accountability in our elections. Signature gathering for the initiative will begin immediately.

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Civil Rights and Civic Groups Urge State and Local Election Officials to Take Corrective Action Following Election Crisis in Arizona on March 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 30, 2016

Letters Sent to State and Local Election Officials Urge Adoption of Election Administration Plan and Other Actions to Address Long Lines and Disenfranchisement During Primary Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to long lines, disenfranchisement and other barriers faced by voters during the presidential preference election last week in Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and local partners have issued letters outlining immediate corrective actions that must be taken by Arizona election officials in advance of any future election in the state. Arizona is a state that was formerly covered by the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, a law that helped to block and deter discriminatory and burdensome voting changes. This year marks the first presidential election cycle in more than 50 years conducted without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

“When voters don't have reasonable access to voting, they are being denied the right to vote.” – Samantha Pstross, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network

Yesterday’s special Elections Committee focused on last week’s election fiasco, but it was abruptly adjourned to go to the House Floor. Rep. Ken Clark invited everyone to watch the floor vote on a bill that will have painful lasting effects on our election system for decades to come, SB1516 – Campaign Finance Overhaul. He wrote an excellent piece on this drastic bill. When lawmakers saw the crowd, they decided to pull SB1516 off the agenda. However, it will most likely go back for a final vote sometime this week. 

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ACTION ALERT: Last Chance to Stop Campaign Finance Overhaul

UPDATE: Yesterday, an in-depth poll revealed that 70% of Arizona voters oppose SB1516 and 84% said they would be less likely to vote for someone who supported SB1516. 

On Monday, the House of Representatives will be voting on SB1516. This is our last chance to tell our lawmakers to RESPECT VOTERS AND OPPOSE SB1516. Please contact your representative and other representatives TODAY.

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Diverse Coalition Opposes Latest Legislative Power Grab

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

March 23, 2016;

Contacts: 

Samantha Pstross, Samantha@AZadvocacy.org, (480) 619 – 3911

Sandy Bahr, sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org, (602) 999-5790

 

PHOENIX – Today a coalition of diverse organizations, including Arizona Advocacy Network, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Arizona Education Association, Animal Defense League of Arizona, League of Women Voters Arizona, Humane Voters of Arizona, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, AZ Alliance for Retired Americans, Arizona AFL-CIO, Arizona Education Association – Retired, AFSCME, and SEI Arizona, called on the Arizona Legislature to oppose two bills that would eviscerate the voter protection provisions of the Arizona Constitution.

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