Regarding the editorial on “Would ballot measure fix ‘dirty money’ woes?” My answers to the questions posed in the editorial — Would this ballot measure put civility back into politics or would it be a death knell for democracy? — are yes. It will help put civility back into politics and no, it will not be a death knell for democracy.
This amendment may not solve all the dirty money spent at the local level (unless it reaches the reporting limit), but we have to start somewhere and starting with the big money anonymous donations is the most obvious place to start. Arizona is ground zero for the amount of dirty money pumped into the state (from in-state, out of state, and out of the country), and this dirty money has helped turn our election process into a nightmare.
Any step we can take to try and put some civility back into our election process is worth doing. Not doing anything at all because a particular solution won’t solve all the problems is just a weak rationalization for simply doing nothing. I believe democracy belongs to all of us and not just those who can afford it. This amendment isn’t stopping the dirty money from being spent, but it will help provide transparency for all residents in Arizona, no matter what their political affiliation is, so that we can all make informed decisions free of undue influence.
How can that be a blow to democracy?