The Arizona Advocacy Network has filed an initiative to strengthen the Arizona Clean Elections system. The initiative would also lower campaign contribution limits, require more disclosure of dark money sources, and make other changes. Samantha Pstross, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, will tell us more about the initiative.
The U.S. Supreme Court lifted limits on the total amount of money people can give during one election cycle to political candidates. The court left intact the $5,200 limit that can be given to a particular candidate during a two-year election cycle. Dan Barr, a partner in the law firm Perkins Coie, will discuss the ruling.
The Arizona Supreme Court lifted a preliminary injunction against significantly higher campaign contribution limits that can be given to political candidates. Jeremy Duda, a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, will talk about the ruling.
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently put an injunction on higher campaign contribution limits approved by the legislature this year. The injunction comes as politicians are in the midst of fundraising for next year’s election. Sam Wercinski of the Arizona Advocacy Network and attorney Lee Miller will discuss the pros and cons of the higher limits.
State lawmakers passed a law that raises campaign contribution limits ten-fold. That law is now being challenged in court. The suit says the law violates the state’s Voter Protection Act, which prohibits lawmakers from making substantial changes to laws approved by voters. Louis Hoffman, a commissioner from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission will discuss the suit, along with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
Campaign contribution limits were increased tenfold in a bill just signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. Sam Wercinski, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, and Stan Barnes, of Copper State Consulting, will discuss the impacts of the increase in donations that can be given to candidates.
As the end of the year approaches, time is running out to make a charitable contribution that will count as a tax credit on your 2011 tax return. Enrolled Agent Ellen Campbell talks about some of the tax credits available to Arizona taxpayers.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett discusses the need for changes to Arizona’s campaign contribution laws in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited campaign contributions from corporations and labor unions.
A discussion about the future of space exploration and NASA's efforts to return astronauts to the moon, including how ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) is making a significant contribution to the effort. Guests include SESE Director, Kip Hodges and Lawrence Krauss, Director of ASU's Origins Initiative.
Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Jim Small discusses the latest revelations about SCA, an unregistered political committee that contributed more than $100,000 to the Arizona Republican Party during the 2008 election season.