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Councilwoman Kate Gallego: Integrity of Local Elections Endangered by Governor Ducey’s Signature of Dark Money LegislationCouncilwoman Kate Gallego: Integrity of Local Elections Endangered by Governor Ducey’s Signature of Dark Money Legislation<div class="ExternalClass1534598DB1664BD7AD2D8D2B3E52242C"><p></p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><h2 style="text-align:center;"><em style="color:#444444;">Despite Wide Public Support for More Campaign Finance Transparency, Governor Ducey Signs HB 2153</em></h2><p> <br></p><p>Last night, with the signature of HB 2153, the Governor and the Arizona Legislature sent a chilling message to Arizona's cities that diminishing the integrity of local elections was necessary to protect wealthy individuals, corporations and special interests who lack the courage to abide by campaign finance transparency laws. Phoenix and Tempe have been leading the way to enact reform to ensure that the source of money spent to influence a local election is made available to the public. Under the recently signed legislation, our state government has again utilized the under-handed tactic of pre-emption to encroach upon Phoenix and Tempe's authority to exercise local control of their elections, and in this case, ensure their integrity.<br></p><p>Tempe City Councilmember Lauren Kuby noted, "Local Control is long-treasured value in Arizona and in the City of Tempe, the voters have chosen, time and time again, to reduce the corruptive influence of money on our local elections. Last month they voted overwhelmingly, with over 91.4% of the vote, to let the sunshine in and require dark money groups to disclose. The Governor needs to respect the will of the voters. "<br> <br>Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego added, "My constituents don't believe, as the Governor and Legislature apparently do, that wealthy individuals, corporations and special interests need further empowerment to circumvent campaign finance transparency laws. Phoenix residents have made it abundantly clear that dark money is not welcome in our elections and that more transparency is necessary, not less."<br> <br>With the legislation signed, but not yet effective, both Phoenix and Tempe will consider their respective paths forward. However, Phoenix, Tempe and Arizona's cities are backed by the popular will of the people to take action to curb dark money and will not relinquish efforts to enact reform.<br></p></div>4/6/2018 7:00:00 AMNick Valenzuela602.495.5405