Arizona’s Clean Elections: Sunday’s Comic

Democrats Lose But Party Wins With Clean Money Turned Dark

In February, in a late night session, Democrats blocked HB2403, a bill designed to stop the practice of turning Clean Elections money into dark money. The bill’s failure in the Arizona House of Representatives on a party line vote caused some intrepid Capitol insiders to follow the money.

HB2403 would have prohibited Clean Elections candidates from contributing public funds to political parties. While a majority of House members supported HB2403, it failed to achieve support from three-fourths of the body, which is required to amend statutes created through the initiative process.

Had it passed, it might have prevented the Democratic Party, or any party for that matter, from funneling Clean Elections money to their respective parties, and end the lucrative but shady practice of running unviable candidates simply to collect taxpayer dollars.

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