The primary reason that I run as a Clean Elections candidate is that I believe that big money politics is destroying our democracy. I believe that elected officials should be beholden to the voters– not to the money. I believe that we– as elected officials– should spend our time making your lives better and improving our state– rather than spending time fundraising. I believe that we should end Citizens United, get money out of politics and adopt a nationwide Clean Elections system. Dirty money has created an election system soaked in lies and fueled by negative advertising. It’s time to say, “Enough is enough”and take our government back from special interest groups and the richest 1% who regularly buy politicians.
In the 53 Legislature, I proposed a bills that would have:
- Made our elections more fair;
- Reduced the current maximum campaign finance donation from the current $5000 for Legislative races and $6250 for county supervisor races back down to previous levels ($400-500 dollars);
- Increased transparency in campaign finance;
- Broadened Clean Elections to include county races and unpaid boards (like school and water boards);
- Allowed Arizona to accept the National Popular Vote as our presidential vote–instead of using the Electoral College.
In addition, I support automatic voter registration at age 18, restoration of voting rights, and repeal of other voter suppression bills that were passed by previous Arizona Legislatures. People should be encouraged to vote–not discouraged to vote.
I support the Outlaw Dirty Money Citizens Initiative, and in fact, my volunteers and I circulated petitions to get it on the ballot. The citizens of Arizona have a right to know who is buying politicians and how much they are paying for them.
For more background, here are a few blog posts on money in politics.
Here are a few short videos updates on the topic of dirty money and Clean Elections.
In this video from his 2015 talk in Tucson, author and historian John Nichols talks about money in politics and the affect of negative advertising on voter turnout.
Here are a couple of videos from my 2016 campaign.