ARIZONA NEWS

Proposition 211 would get rid of ‘dark money’ for Arizona political advertisements

Oct 20, 2022, 4:45 AM
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — A proposition on the ballot for next month’s midterm election aims to rid Arizona of “dark money” in political advertisements.

Prop 211 would put an end to anonymous spending on the state’s political advertisements and organizations who don’t abide will face fines.

Supporters argue that people should know who is trying to persuade your vote, while opponents say that the measure is an attempt to limit free speech.

Disclosure would be required for individuals who give at least $5,000 to a committee that spends at least $50,000 on a state race during a two-year election cycle and $2,500 to a committee that spends at least $25,000 for a local race in the same period.

Terry Goddard, former Arizona Attorney General and co-chairman of Stop Dark Money, says the measure is vital since the state has few disclosure laws.

“Arizona is virtually unique in having none,” Goddard said. “If you’re a dark money operation, Arizona basically bends over backwards to make sure you can hide your donors anyway you can figure it out.”

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy Action, opposes the measure.

She believes that there could be a constitutional free speech challenge if the proposition passes.

“Prop 211 is a clear attempt to chill speech of some individuals, opening them up to harassment and bullying and is likely unconstitutional,” Herrod said.

If passed, it could be difficult for the organization that would oversee the initiative, the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, to enforce the rule.

Organizations who fail to disclose would face a face of up to three times the amount contributed.

“What we see here, although it’s not illegal, but the techniques they use are the same techniques the cartels use to launder money,” Goddard said.

“They do everything in their power to keep us from knowing who it is that is actually the source of the money.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Department of Transportation photo)...
Associated Press

Should federal grants be in favor of highway repair over expansion?

Advocates for highway construction are concerned their projects are getting shortchanged in the competition for grant money under the new infrastructure law.
21 hours ago
(Photo by Rebecca Noble/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 27-29

Arizona Republicans elected Jeff DeWit as their new party chair and an arrest was made in the Scottsdale Molotav cocktail incidents. Here are the weekend's biggest stories.
21 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Man dies nearly a month after allegedly being shot by teenager near Phoenix bus stop

Authorities said 51-year-old Shawn Hall died from his injuries nearly a month after he was shot by a teenager near a bus stop in Phoenix.
21 hours ago
A rain cloud hangs over Lake Powell on June 24, 2021 in Page, Arizona. As severe drought grips part...
Alex Weiner

Recent precipitation aids Arizona’s short-term drought, long-term issues persist

Arizona has experienced more rain and snow than normal this winter, which weather experts say has improved the state's short-term drought. 
21 hours ago
The Colorado River flows by the historic Navajo Bridge on June 23, 2021 in Marble Canyon, Arizona. ...
Associated Press

Emails reveal serious tensions in Colorado River talks

Competing priorities, outsized demands and the federal government's retreat from a threatened deadline stymied a deal last summer on how to drastically reduce water use from the parched Colorado River.
21 hours ago
(Silver Sky Development Photo)...
KTAR.com

Developer plans new luxury home community in Paradise Valley

A local luxury home developer is planning to build a new community in Paradise Valley at the base of Mummy Mountain.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
Proposition 211 would get rid of ‘dark money’ for Arizona political advertisements