Elections Director Eric Spencer, the author of the controversial overhaul of Arizona’s campaign-finance laws, apparently doesn’t like pushback. He had told Senate Democrats he would share a major amendment to Senate Bill 1516 with them before it came up for a floor debate Tuesday. But, he told The Arizona Republic, he changed his mind when the state Democratic Party used a media account of the bill to do some fundraising last weekend. And when the attorney for the Senate Democrats inquired about the whereabouts of the amendment the night before the debate, Spencer reiterated his pique in an emailed reply and attached the offending fundraising pitch.
“(Y)ou’ll have to take that up with the Senate,” Spencer wrote. “Unfortunately, the partisan attacks this weekend have foreclosed any concessions I’m able to offer at this point.”
Democrats made much hay of his refusal to share the amendment until three hours before the debate began.
Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, called it “astonishing” that a public office would refuse to share a document vital to the upcoming debate.
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