What is “dirty money?”
Dirty Money refers to cash being spent by the powerful & wealthy to influence our elections but never disclosing who they really are. By laundering money through social welfare nonprofits - which don’t have to disclose their donors – corporations and individuals can spend unlimited amounts of money anonymously. The cash could be from anyone and anywhere.
But citizens have a “right to know” who is behind the Dirty Money. That right should be in the Arizona Constitution.
Is this the same as “dark money”
Yes - in the past you may have heard of anonymous campaign expenditures referred to as ‘dark money.’ We’ve found that the term ‘dark money’ doesn’t really explain just how bad the problem is in Arizona. “Dirty Money” better conveys how widespread and dangerous the issue is.
How is dirty money being used?
Since more and more Dirty Money has poured into Arizona political campaigns have become nasty. Dirty Money is used to buy attack ads, misleading direct mail and those phone calls that try to fool us.
How bad is it in Arizona?
Very bad. In Arizona it has meant corruption written into state law. In 2016, at the insistence of “Dirty Money” forces, Governor Ducey signed SB 1516 into law. It rewrote and deregulated our entire campaign finance system; made it easier to cheat candidate campaign finance limits; critically, it eliminated the state’s ability to investigate and enforce our campaign finance laws.
Why a constitutional amendment?
By amending the Constitution, we ensure that legislators who are supported by Dirty Money cash are not able to mess with nor take away our Right to Know.
How can I help Outlaw Dirty Money?
Help your fellow citizens to gather 300,000 signatures from registered Arizona voters by June 15, 2018. This is a bipartisan campaign. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Independent or Democrat because everyone in Arizona is affected. In addition to gathering signatures, we need help on all levels of the campaign. This is a volunteer-driven effort, and only through working together will we see this on the Nov. 2018 ballot! Please join us at OutlawDirtyMoney.com/volunteer.