Arizona Securing the Border Initiative (2014)
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- Securing the Arizona Border Act
- Theodore Brinkofski, Chairman of Securing the Arizona Border Act
- Xi Media, an Arizona Lobbying Firm
Theodore Brinkofski was the applicant and chairman for two potential initiatives in Arizona for 2014: this measure regarding border security and Eliminating Waste in the Medical Marijuana Act Initiative. Xi Media, a lobbying firm which Brinkofksi founded, was also supporting both measures.
In the summary of the initiative that Brinkofski provided with his petition application, he argued that biometric identification software was the most practical way to regulate ports of entry with limited resources. He also argued, "This improved entry and exit software solution will evolve to allow temporary residents and new citizens an easy way to enter the US banking and employment verification systems." Additionally, he stated that a stronger border protected with this technology will "secure long-term peace for the citizens of Arizona."
Bitcoin currency provisions
One of the more intriguing aspects of this potential initiative was its requirements for the use of online decentralized currency, such as Bitcoin.
In an online Bitcoin Forum, Brinkofski posted a message regarding his broader political efforts in Arizona and interest in Bitcoin. He also discussed his involvement in the two initiatives he was trying to put on the ballot in 2014. In the post, he said,
Today I launched another citizens initiative called "Securing the Arizona Border Act." Currently there is a directionless trust fund in Arizona for the purposes of improving the Arizona and Mexico Border. The new language in this initiative provides an objective for the border security committee which manages the fund and then requires that 10% of the fund is to be held in online decentralized currency.
This is my first real attempt at integrating Bitcoin into Arizona's political system. The Arizona government is a Republican stronghold and the Arizona and Mexico border is one of the state's top priorities. I am confident this initiative will improve border security, immigration policy, and BTC policy in Arizona. 
Economist Daniel Altman discusses the decentralized virtual currency Bitcoin.
Path to the ballot
- Arizona 2014 ballot measures
- 2014 ballot measures
- Arizona Legislature
- List of Arizona ballot measures
- Arizona Secretary of State: Election Information, "2014 Initiatives, Referendums & Recalls," accessed May 16, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State: Election Information, "Application for Securing the Arizona Border Act initiative petition," accessed May 16, 2014
- International Business Times, "Bitcoin Goes To Washington, Senate To Hold Hearing On Virtual Currencies," November 18, 2013
- Xi Media, "Interests," accessed May 19, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Bitcoin Forum, "Topic: Lobbyist from Arizona," February 20, 2014
- Margaret Koenig, Assistant Staff Writer, "Telephone conversation with Theodore Brinkofski," May 20, 2014.
- Brinkofski's authorship of this Bitcoin Forum post was confirmed in the May 20, 2014 phone conversation with Margaret Koenig.
- Arizona Capital Times, "No citizen initiatives will make ballot for first time since 1978," July 3, 2014
- Margaret Koenig, Assistant Staff Writer, "Telephone conversation with Theodore Brinkofski," July 3, 2014.
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