An informed voter considers the source of political information before making a decision.
Who is behind all those ads?
ODM Posse members reported close to 100 political advertisements from 38 different non-candidate/non-party political committees. Click List of Political Spenders to see the organizations, who their funders are, and what races/ballot questions they were trying to influence.
84.6% OF THE VOTERS DO WANT TO KNOW!
Phoenix voters have spoken! More than 8 in 10 Phoenix voters approved Prop 419, a local initiative to “require any person, association of persons or entity making expenditures to influence the outcome of a city election to disclose and identify the expenditures and contributions including original and intermediary sources of major contributions.” Last spring the same sentiment was approved by 9 in 10 Tempe voters. Sadly, after the Tempe vote, the Arizona legislature voted to take the authority to oversee local election spending away from the cities, so these local ordinances will not go into effect until that law is overturned. But the newly elected legislature includes 26 members who are pledged to support legislation that affirms the voters’ right to know the original source of funds spent to influence state and local elections, and to oppose legislation that makes it easier to hide the source of campaign money. Click on the UPDATES tab above to see who is a member of the new ODM Caucus.
What Happened to the 2018 Petition Effort? from Terry Goddard 8/29/18:
It pains me deeply to report that the supreme court just ordered that the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative not appear on the ballot.
For over a century, since the first days of statehood, Arizona legal tradition has protected the citizens’ constitutional right of initiative and viewed with suspicion and strictly limited any rule or law which infringed on that right. Sadly, with the simultaneous decision to throw Invest in Ed off the ballot, this court abandoned that tradition today.
The court affirmed a statute which calls for disqualifying signatures gathered by paid petition circulators who were subpoenaed as witnesses but did not appear. The court saw nothing wrong with striking thousands of valid signatures as a “penalty” to the no-shows, regardless of the constitutional rights of the petition signers. That, plus affirming the cynical way the subpoenas were served (left with a security guard on the ground floor of the building that the company employing the circulators had occupied two months before) with no expectation that the ‘witnesses’ would ever know they were expected in court, is a bitter pill.
Reviewing hundreds of our petitions the last few weeks and recalling the incredible effort that so many volunteers put into collecting over 285,000 signatures to put Outlaw Dirty Money on the ballot, has been inspiring. I hope you are proud of what we accomplished.
But, I know you share my disappointment that the voters of Arizona won’t get the chance they deserved to decide whether they want Dirty Money to continue to make a mockery of our democracy.
It is little comfort, I know, but the frantic, incredibly expensive effort by the Dirty Money forces in the weeks since our 285,000 signatures were filed to keep us off the ballot, was conclusive testimony of one thing: The Dirty Money forces had no doubt that if Arizona voters got the chance to vote on throwing Dirty Money out of our state, they would do it.
We came so very close. Thank you for your months of effort, your many contributions and your faith in our cause, Terry