PHOENIX — A campaign finance bill moving through the Arizona Legislature was touted as a routine housecleaning measure to simplify the state’s complicated election regulations.
Not mentioned by the bill’s backers is a provision buried in the 54-page proposal that could have major ramifications for future elections.
The measure by Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, allows dark money groups to double the amount they spend on ballot measures. Dark money is generally defined as political groups that do not report their donors.
It would also let nonprofit groups spend more money influencing elections without having to reveal donors.