campaign finance

State Capitol News
8:59 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Public Campaign Financing Deal Reached

A deal reached Monday will short-circuit an attempt to get voters to scrap public financing of elections. 

The 1998 law allows but does not require candidates to get public funds if they agree not to take outside cash. Foes, including business interests, have been unhappy with the plan for years. And they had the votes lined up at the Legislature to ask voters to effectively repeal the law. Sen. John McComish said the deal allows the system to remain in place, but with some new restrictions on how it spends money on public relations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:56 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

McCain, Campaign Finance, and Super Pacs

John McCain, February 9, 2008
Dan Raustadt

It’s no exaggeration that big money has changed the political landscape this election year.

The Republican presidential candidates and the president himself have all turned to so-called SuperPacs which can raise unlimited amounts of money.

One of the more successful SuperPacs so far has been the one supporting Mitt Romney.

But one of the former Massachusetts Governor’s most ardent supporters is Arizona Senator John McCain, one of the sponsors of campaign finance reform.

And he's not happy about the contradictions.

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State Capitol News
4:32 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Lawmakers Move to Close Loophole in Campaign Finance Laws

Attorney General Tom Horne (left), Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and Representative Edward Farnsworth
Howard Fischer

A 2010 United States Supreme Court ruling says corporations have the right to spend as much as they want supporting or opposing any candidate as long as they do that independent of the candidate's campaign. Secretary of State Ken Bennett said some corporations suddenly popped up last year during the Phoenix mayoral race and the Russell Pearce recall claiming that they did not have to disclose the SOURCE of their funds. 

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