Arizona Clean Elections, Proposition 200 (1998)
Elections and Campaigns
|Not on ballot|
Twelve years after the passage of the act, the approved measure came under debate as the Arizona Legislature proposed SCR 1009, which was designed to alter the Clean Elections act. SCR 1009 held clauses designed to disallow the use of public money to fund political campaigns. Former Arizona Senator Jonathon Paton authored the proposal. However, the text of the resolution did not include the phrase "Citizens Clean Election Act," which was purposely done, in order to not completely kill the law. The measure was approved by the Arizona State Senate with a vote of 16-12, and was passed to the Arizona House of Representatives for their own vote.
The United States Supreme Court ruled during the week of June 11, 2010 that matching funds should be blocked in Arizona's clean elections law. This meant, according to reports, that the 130 candidates that had decided to run under the mandates of the clean elections law would not get money for their campaigns, as they had decided to forgo private donations. Since the Supreme Court had handed their ruling down, it was too late to run as candidates that were privately funded.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
Would establish a five-member commission to administer additional alternative campaign financing system; provide public funding and additional reporting for participating candidates; reduce current contribution limits by 20% for non-participating candidates; set personal monies and spending limits for participating candidates; limit private contributions for participating candidates unless Commission declares emergency.
Path to the ballot
112,961 signatures were required to qualify the measure for the ballot. 144,810 valid signatures wre filed, or 128% more than were required. About 50% of the signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot were collected by Derrick Lee's company at a price of about $50,000.
- Arizona 1998 election results
- "Arizona Central" Federal judge strikes down Ariz. matching funds, January 21, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Big-money interests hope to neuter Clean Elections Act", April 2,2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Ballot may include election funding", March 2, 2010
- East Valley Tribune, "Late Supreme Court ruling leaves Arizona elections in a tizzy", June 13, 2010
- NCSL ballot measure database, accessed December 31, 2013
- Phoenix New Times, "Autograph Hound", April 13, 2000