An effort by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to crack down on the increasing influence of “dark money” in campaigns is drawing criticism from the state’s chief elections officer. An aide to Secretary of State Michele Reagan said that a proposed commission rule designed to clarify when groups need to disclose donors amounts to a “power grab,” specifically of what she claims is her sole power over regulating political committees. “Secretary Reagan believes the commission’s mission creep is extremely dangerous and unfortunately demonstrates that this unelected and unaccountable body seeks to declare itself as Arizona’s free speech policeman,” said Matt Roberts. And he said the proposed rule goes beyond what the Legislature decided is the appropriate level of regulation.Full Article: Attempt to crack down on 'dark money' draws criticism.
May 15 2015