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Former Arizona AG Fighting To Reveal Big Donors' Election Influence

Arizona's former Attorney General Terry Goddard wants to pull back the curtain and let voters see who is behind major campaign donations statewide.

The two-term Democrat AG has already formed a campaign committee to put the "Right to Know" initiative on the ballot.

It would let Arizonans know who is trying to sway their vote on everything from statewide offices to school board members.

Campaign consultant Bob Grossfeld said it's not accurate to call large untraceable donations "Dark Money."

"We're done with this whole 'dark money' nonsense. This is 'dirty money'," Grossfeld insisted, "This is no different than criminal syndicates who are laundering money. "

They reject any claims, past and present, that disclosing donors impacts free speech rights.

"Folks can say whatever they want, run commercials, run ads, even if they're unsavory. They have a constitutional right to do that," he assured.

Arizona law already requires anyone who donates to influence a campaign file a report, but a loophole in the Internal Revenue Code allows big donors to bypass that requirement.

Goddard and Grossfeld believe they can gather the 225,963 valid signatures needed by July 5 to get the initiative on the 2018 ballot.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.