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Voters Could Get Final Say On Major Changes To Campaign Finance Laws

(Photo courtesy of the Arizona State Legislature)
Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix.

­­Arizona voters may get the last word on sweeping legislation that alters the rules for so‐called dark money and other anonymous donations to politicians and for ballot measures. 

The bill sent to Gov. Ducey makes a series of changes to campaign finance law. The changes include lifting all limits on what individuals can spend on parties to raise funds for favored candidates, and overturning a 1986 voter‐approved law that prohibits candidates from transferring money between themselves.

It's presumed that Ducey, elected with the benefit of such undisclosed donations, will sign it.

But Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix, is weighing a referendum to put the issue on the November ballot.

Clark said he does not think selling the idea will be difficult given the reaction to the legislation. "I think the whole, I don't know Twittersphere, Facebookspehere, whatever you want to call it, it just blew up over this over the last few days. And I think the public knows exactly what this is about."

Clark needs slightly more than 75,000 valid signatures on petitions by mid-July to put the law on hold until voters can decide whether they want to ratify or scrap what lawmakers approved.