Former opponents agree that voters have a constitutional right to know who is influencing our elections
Bipartisan support for the Outlaw Dirty Money also continues to grow as Outlaw Dirty Money also announced the support of Former Governor Fife Symington – a long-time conservative who defeated ODM Chairman Terry Goddard in the 1991 Special Election Run-off.
“Today, I am proud to add my voice to the chorus of Arizonans who believe we have a right to know who is funding our elections. It is certainly a point in my life that I thought might never be reached – but I have found common ground with my long time opponent former Democrat Attorney General and Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard. I am joining him, former Attorney General Grant Woods, and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson in asking all Arizonans to support an amendment to the Arizona Constitution to affirm our right to know who is funding political campaigns in Arizona.”
“My feelings on this matter are quite simple: I concur with the Citizen’s United decision that contributing money is protected speech, but I also concur with the eight justices of the United States Supreme Court in the same opinion that citizens have a right to know who is funding the political campaigns to influence their votes. In that opinion, the justices upheld as constitutional the federal law that all persons who give $1,000 or more to such campaigns must be disclosed. No caps on money is needed; full disclosure is what is needed. Let’s pass this initiative.”
“As the late Justice Scalia wrote in an opinion in 2010, ‘Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed. For my part, I do not look forward to a society which, thanks to the Supreme Court, campaigns anonymously…. This does not resemble the Home of the Brave.’”
Former Attorney General Terry Goddard thanked Governor Symington for his support saying, “Governor Symington and I haven’t always seen eye to eye. But it goes to show that disclosure is not a partisan issue. People have a right to advocate for the candidates and the issues they care about, but the voters also have a right to know who is paying. Voters agree with us and that’s why we know we can and will win.”