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Arizona Voters Could See 'Stop Dirty Money' Amendment On 2018 Ballot

An effort to make political contributions in Arizona more transparent has officially begun.

On Wednesday, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat, filed papersfor the proposed constitutional amendment with the Secretary of State's office.

The “Stop Political Dirty Money Amendment” is an effort to eliminate large unknown donations in Arizona elections. The measure would require anyone who makes a campaign expenditure of more than $10,000 in a two-year election cycle to disclose all the sources of that money. Anyone who doesn’t would be subject to penalties.

Earlier this month, Goddard said the amendment would not affect anyone’s free speech as some have argued.

"Folks can get out there. They can say whatever they want, run commercials, run ads, whatever, even if they're unsavory. They do have a constitutional right to do that. What this is doing is establishing in the Arizona Constitution our right to know who's paying for it," Goddard said.

The campaign will need to gather more than 225,000 signatures by early July to get the constitutional amendment on the ballot for the 2018 election.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.