Shouldn’t everyone who donates to a political campaign own up to the donation? azcentral columnist EJ Montini asks.
You should go immediately to the website of the Outlaw Dark Money group where your brother and sister citizens are trying to do something the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey refuse to do:
Shine a light on dirty money.
Dirty. Filthy. Money.
It’s a simple thing, really.
Politicians sided with power brokers
Not long ago, 91 percent of voters in Tempe passed an ordinance that said if your non-profit organization spends over $1,000 to influence the outcome of an election you have to say who put up the money.
The good people of Tempe weren’t saying a person or group couldn’t donate to a campaign. They just wanted you to be open about it. To own it. So they tried to shine a little light on the dark money.
The city of Phoenix was on track to do the same thing.
But then the Republican-controlled Legislature passed House Bill 2153, which stifled these efforts by prohibiting cities, counties or the state from requiring dark money groups from disclosing who is behind them.
That put the issue on Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.
He could have vetoed the bill or signed it — siding with the power brokers.
Ducey could have sided with you, but…
Ducey chose darkness.
In an op-ed for The Arizona Republic, one of the leaders of the Outlaw Dirty Money group, former attorney general Terry Goddard, wrote, “We believe Arizona voters have the right to know who is paying for political ads and to make voting decisions based on complete information.
“If this is hard, it is because someone spent a ton of money on expensive lawyers to find clever ways to hide their participation in Arizona elections from you and me. To wipe their fingerprints off the knife. To keep us in the dark.
“Our Outlaw Dirty Money initiative takes a simple approach. It cuts through the deceptive mumbo jumbo. Our measure will force the person who spends money (more than $10,000) to influence an Arizona election to tell us where that money came from. And to tell us the ‘original source’ of all contributions more than $2,500.”
It’s not a lot to ask.
It’s not saying people can’t donate, only that they must admit it.
Likewise, the politicians who take the money must admit from whom they’re taking it.
What are they afraid of?
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