SB1344 undermines the authority of the voter-established Clean Elections Commission to investigate campaign finance violations. An amendment to SB1344 allows greater coordination between "dark money" independent expenditures and candidate campaigns. They can now legally act in the same manner as Attorney General Tom Horne in the 2010 election.
Ask Governor Brewer to VETO SB1344. We made it easy with this quick link.
SB1344 undermines the authority of the voter-established Clean Elections Commission to investigate campaign finance violations. The Chamber of Commerce is reportedly also trying to amend SB1344 to allow greater coordination between "dark money" independent expenditures and candidate campaigns. They want the cheating behavior that AG Horne is accused of committing in the 2010 election to be legal.
Let's stop this Big Money bill from passing quietly. Tell Representatives to vote NO on SB1344. We've made it easy using this quick link.
The Senate Elections Committee is considering three bills that are anti-voter and pro-big money.
HB2665 allows candidates to exceed the contribution amounts set last year by Republican lawmakers for the general election by 100%. That's an extra $2,000 for wealthy individuals and $8,000 for big-money Super PACS. It's currently illegal
HB2615 lets big money launder money through a representative's officeholder account. It creates a new scheme to prevent transparency and support the lawmaker's campaign or issue ads. Officeholder accounts were created to increase interaction with constituents about policy matters, not to be used for political campaigns.
HB2407 must be amended so that the Secretary of State is required to provide equal access to Clean Elections candidates to any streamlined, online reporting system. As written, the bill gives the option to the SoS.
We have an opportunity to strengthen the Clean Elections Act and support voters with HB2651. The bill reduces the real influence of Big $$ over elected officials by funding officeholder accounts, currently funded by lobbyists and big money, while providing needed funding for election equipment and voter outreach.
Democrats in the State House may vote with our opponents to reduce additional reporting requirements that Republicans unintentionally included in the anti-Clean Elections bill (HB2593) last year.
HB2665, the so called "HB2593-fix," will be debated by the entire House soon and we must insist that lawmakers VOTE NO on it. The Republican "fix" also allows big money candidates to exceed the new, anti-Clean Elections contribution limits they passed in 2013 for the primary and general elections. Currently illegal, HB2665 will make it "OK" to launder primary designated cash into a candidate's general election account regardless of whether a contributor will exceed the $2000 limit.