Despite the supreme court’s disappointing action last night ordering that the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative would not be on the November ballot, our campaign has proven that democracy is alive and well in Arizona.
Thousands of Arizonans gave their time, money and energy to reclaim our politics from the Dirty Money forces. Our goal was simple, just give Arizonans the chance to vote up or down on Dirty Money. The court snatched that chance away – for now.
Elected officials and candidates, take notice: Hundreds of thousands of your voters signed our petitions calling for this fundamental change. Support for campaign funding transparency was not an idle act but a statement of conviction. Our politics are a mess and Dirty Money is a big reason why.
The desperate attacks from our opponents showed that they understand this: Given the chance to vote on putting an end to Dirty Money, Arizonans will throw it out.
We look forward to continuing to expose the political pollution in Arizona and working to build a state where candidates and elected officials are accountable to the people. And no one else.
Thank you for all your hard work over the past months, your belief in the cause and your generosity.
Outlaw Dirty Money
Constitutional Amendment Q&A
Q: Why are you calling it "Dirty Money" instead of "Dark Money?"
A: Because of the way "dirty money" backers are trashing our elections.
Q: How bad is it?
A: Very bad. Here's an example. During the 2014 elections, more than $15 million in anonymous campaign contributions were spent in Arizona to ensure that specific candidates were elected, and others defeated. Millions of dollars in undisclosed political contributions spent on races for the Arizona Corporation Commission and other statewide and legislative offices. Here's the worst part: Virtually all of their preferred candidates win.
Q: Are there other examples?
A: Unfortunately, yes. One out-of-state group has been spending millions trying to convert Arizona's schools into private, for-profit operations. They have helped elect candidates to the legislature who are now trying to destroy our public-school system.
Q: Who are they?
A: That's the question . Just who are these people from other states with enough money to sway elections and opinions any way they want? We know this much, they are cowards who hide behind a maze of companies, non-profits, and committees with innocent sounding names, so you never know who they are. If they really cared about Arizona, our schools, our environment and economy they would put their mouths where their money is. They should stand up to be counted, instead of launching attacks from their hiding places.
Q: How can we get the Outlaw Dirty Money Constitutional Amendment enacted?
A: It won't be easy, but it is important. We need over a quarter-million Arizona voters to sign a petition to put the Amendment on the ballot in 2018. We know more than 80% of Arizonans support what this Amendment will do: Clean up Arizona's elections. So, we're hopeful, but we know its going to be hard work. And the dirty money will attack us at every turn.
Q: How can I get involved to put the Amendment to a vote?