Millions of dollars in so-called “Dark Money” are contaminating Arizona elections and endangering our democracy. These dark dollars are flooding into our state as anonymous cash, targeting political candidates and issues to influence and buy our votes. The size and scope of this torrent of dollars threatens voter confidence and the foundations of our democracy.
Dark Money does its work in the shadows by amassing unlimited contributions from corporations and individuals who want to influence elections without leaving their fingerprints. The system allows dark money agents to say and do just about anything while their cowardly contributors stay hidden from public scrutiny. Unlike political candidates who must answer to voters, anonymous funders have no responsibility for their words or their deeds. Because no one is accountable, the truth has become disposable.Read more
Mary Jo Pitzel, The Republic | azcentral.com | August 6, 2014
Ken Bennett has, as Arizona secretary of state, overseen countless candidate filings, advocated for proof of citizenship to register to vote, and preached the need to return early ballots.
But during his 5 ½ years in office, he has never waded into the immigration debate. Nor has his office had a say on gun rights.
The same goes for former Secretary of State Jan Brewer, now Arizona's governor, and her predecessors in the state's No. 2 political post.
But an outside spending group is interjecting those issues into this year's GOP primary, arguing that it's important to know where candidates stand on those topics, because the secretary of state is next in line to become governor if the office is vacated.
By raising these issues, the Free Enterprise Club has effectively highlighted what has become the central issue of the race: the role of anonymous funding, or so-called dark money, in campaigns.Read more
Independents are the largest group of voters in Arizona, but their votes are being suppressed by a legislature, governor and secretary of state desperate to maintain the status quo. Please take a moment to read how and why this is happening and what I will do to make sure Independents enjoy the same rights and opportunities as Republicans and Democrats.
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