Secretary of State Ken Bennett

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2:38 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arizona Campaign Finance Law

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Credit AZ Capitol Times

A federal district court judge has struck down part of an Arizona campaign finance law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, if the ruling stands, some political donors will not have to identify themselves for the time being.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Final Voting Numbers from State Primary Trickling In

Secretary of State Ken Bennett signs the formal canvass Monday for the Aug. 26 primary election. Only 27 percent of registered voters turned out.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

New figures this afternoon show the outcome of the just-completed primary was decided by only about one out of every four registered voters. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Clean Elections Commission Sees Conflicts With Bennett Election Commercial

Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Credit azcapitoltimes.com

Because of his impending gubernatorial run, an election commercial featuring Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gets complicated. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
12:44 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Bennett: Governor Can't Run Again

Gov. Jan Brewer and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the man who says she can't run again in 2014, from a 2009 photo after both got their new offices following the resignation of Janet Napolitano.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The state's chief election official said Monday morning that as far as he's concerned, Jan Brewer's reign as governor ends in January 2015, no matter what she and her legal help say.

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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

AZ Secretary of State Won't Check Romney's Birth Certificate

Secretary of State Ken Bennett speaking at a Mitt Romney campaign event in May 2012.
Gage Skidmore

Secretary of State Ken Bennett said today he will not verify the birth records of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, at least not now -- and possibly not ever -- despite an earlier public commitment to do so. 

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State Capitol News
9:22 am
Wed May 23, 2012

AZ Secretary of State Satisfied That President Obama is a US Citizen

AZ Sec. of State Ken Bennett at a rally for Mitt Romney in 2012
Gage Skidmore

One hurdle to Barack Obama being on the November ballot has been removed. 

That came late Tuesday when Secretary of State Ken Bennett got an e-mail from Hawaii officials confirming for him that they do, in fact, have an original birth certificate for the president on file.

"There's 12 points," he noted. "The first one says a birth certificate is on file with the department of health indicating that Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. And then the second through 12th points each deal with a different point that we asked in the request."

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State Capitol News
10:40 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Secretary Bennett's Endorsement of Romney Raises Questions

Ken Bennett at a rally for Mitt Romney in Tempe, Arizona, 20 April, 2012
Gage Skidmore

A 2010 comment by Ken Bennett when he was running for secretary of state may be coming back to haunt him. 

During a debate in the 2010 race, Bennett was asked about endorsing something on that year's ballot.

"It's not appropriate for election officials to be taking positions on either the propositions or candidates when we're going to have to conduct the election," he said. 

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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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