Last chance to unmask election bandits

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They steal from you.

You have a right to open and fair elections and they pilfer it. What should be visible is hidden. What should be fair is foul.

Even worse, the Republican-controlled Legislature, along with Gov. Doug Ducey, allows them to steal from you, even encourages them. Protects them.

I say “them” because I don’t know who they are. And neither do you. As it is, the state allows anonymous donors to fund political non-profit operations that spend unlimited amounts of cash on things like TV attack ads, radio spots, robocalls, mailers. You name it. Stealing your time and attention.

Stealing the truth.

Stealing elections.

You can stop them

This week is your last chance to stop them.

The good people behind the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative need to collect 225,963 valid signatures by July 5 to get the initiative on the ballot and get around the obstructionist politicians and their anonymous fat cat friends.

The initiative would change the Arizona constitution in a simple, eloquent way.

It says that any non-profit spending more than $10,000 on a political campaign would have to disclose donors who contribute at least $2,500.

That’s it.

It doesn’t limit how much money a donor can give. It doesn’t tell them what that money must be spent on. They can make the same TV spots and so on that they’re making now.

No limits, only openness

All it demands is that donors own up to their financial support.

Tempe residents overwhelming passed a city ordinance requiring big donors in their elections to be named and the Legislature passed a law that prevents cities and counties from doing such a thing.

And Gov. Ducey signed it.

Imagine that. Protecting election thieves instead of voters.

You can go on to the Outlaw Dirty Money’s website and find a place to sign one of their petitions.

Republicans and Democrats do it

It’s supported by Democrats and by Republicans. (At least Republicans who aren’t in the Legislature or the governor’s office.)

Neither political affiliation is innocent. Wealthy Democrats as well as wealthy Republicans go shopping for power and influence.

Our elections should not be for sale.

But since they are, we should at least know who’s buying.

Originally published in the Arizona Republic, June 26, 2018