Last election cycle it was discovered that politicians financing their campaigns with public funding were quietly channeling those funds to political parties instead of spending the money on their campaigns. In 2016, over $100,000 was funneled to the state Democrat Party by candidates throughout the state. Even more money was sent to local political parties.
Instead of fixing the problem, the Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) passed a rule codifying the abuse! Even worse, they expanded the rule to allow publicly financed candidates to give money away to Dark Money special interest groups as well.
It is only a matter of time before both parties are competing to take advantage of these loopholes. Visit www.voteyesprop306.com for information on the initiative.
Several legislative candidates during the 2016 election gave the vast majority of their clean election funds to political parties, where there was little to no evidence that they were running an actual campaign. One such example occurred in Legislative District 11. Since those funds went to the Democrat party and was classified as a "vendor", it is impossible to know how the money was used. Likely these public funds were spent in other races to promote other candidates and issues.
The easiest solution was to stop candidates from transferring their funds to political parties, but Clean Elections opposed legislation to apply this fix and promised to address the problem through rule making. Instead, they passed a rule codifying the abuse and added language to the rule to allow funds to go to Dark Money special interest groups as well.
The Clean Elections Commission is is the only state agency exempted from the administrative procedures act, which ensures full transparency, oversight and accountability when rules are being proposed and adopted by an agency. Currently the commission is not accountable to anyone, and if they pass an illegal or unconstitutional rule, the only way to challenge it is to sue them in court. A process built on litigation with little transparency or oversight is a poor way to govern.
Simply requiring that the Clean Elections Commission adheres to a formal rule making process means more time for public input and provides for a review by GRRC or the Attorney General to ensure that the rule is lawful. As long as Clean Elections isn't planning on passing any illegal or unconstitutional rules, complying with the administrative procedures act should not affect them.
As Americans, we have the right to know who is funding our local politicians. This proposition has one goal in mind, to undermine our ability to know which outside groups are helping or attacking candidates. Corrupt lobbyists and greedy corporations want Prop. 306 to pass so they can hide the money they use to buy politicians.
Arizona is already plagued by special interest influence - it’s hurting our economy, our environment, and our schools. If Prop. 306 passes, things will only get worse.
Right now, an independent, non-partisan Citizens’ Clean Elections Commission protects our elections. That’s what voters wanted when we passed Clean Elections 20 years ago.
Prop. 306 would change the Clean Elections law to give a group of political insiders the ability to re-write the rules to hide “dark money.” Don’t fall for it. Protect Clean Elections. Vote NO on Prop. 306.
The special interests behind this radical proposition know that Arizona voters are sick and tired of corruption and greed getting in the way of real solutions for our state. That’s why they’ve invented a smokescreen to hide their real intentions. They’ve had years to produce any evidence to back-up these claims, and have never produced anything.
The truth is - it is ALREADY the law that Clean Elections candidates are NOT allowed to donate funds to political parties. In fact, Prop. 306 will only push MORE candidates to rely on big contributions from lobbyists and insiders to run their campaigns, and it will undermine our ability to know which outside groups are helping or attacking candidates.
Arizonans are sick and tired of dirty tricks and insider games, and that’s all this is. Thankfully, voters can send the political establishment a wake-up call by voting NO on Prop. 306.
The lobbyists and political insiders on the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) have been working for years to stop Clean Elections from shining a light on the outside groups flooding our state with deceptive “dark money” attack ads.
Do Arizonans want more dark money in their elections? Of course not, and that’s why voters should vote NO on Prop. 306.
Clean Elections was created by the voters to be an independent and nonpartisan watchdog to protect our elections from corruption. That’s why Clean Elections commissioners are not allowed to lobby or run for office.
In contrast, GRRC was created by politicians to make sure state agencies carry out the political agenda of whomever is Governor at the time. GRRC is routinely stacked with lobbyists and political insiders loyal to the Governor who appointed them.
Arizona voters were RIGHT when they made Clean Elections independent and nonpartisan. We can’t let special interests rig the system now. We must protect Clean Elections.