Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Citizens Clean 
Elections Commission

Your Guide to Arizona’s Political Process

AZ Clean Elections

How does Clean Elections work?

  • Allows more Arizona citizens the ability to run for office
  • Reduces the influence of interest money, making the officeholders beholden to the voters and not special interest groups
  • Allows officeholders to spend less time raising funds and more time representing the public
  • Provides informational tools to voters about candidates running for office, such as the candidate debates and candidate statement pamphlet

Where do I collect my $5 qualifying contributions?

If you are running for a legislative office, all $5 qualifying contributions must come from registered voters that reside in your legislative district. If you are running for a statewide office, you can collect a $5 qualifying contribution from anyone registered to vote in Arizona. Any $5 qualifying contributions that fall outside of the two requirements stated above will be disqualified.

Must contributors who wish to give an early contribution live within my district?

No. A person who wishes to give an early contribution does not have to reside in the same district. Early contributions can come from any individual who is legally a permanent resident of the United States. There is an exception for lobbyists, however. Lobbyists may not make campaign contributions of any sort to a member of the Legislature while the Legislature is in regular session.

Lobbyists also may not make campaign contributions of any sort to the governor while the legislature is in regular session, or while regular session is pending the governor's approval or veto. This includes $5 qualifying contributions. See Arizona Attorney General Opinion, Ariz. Op. Atty. Gen. No. I02- 001 (2002).

Can traditional candidates change and run with Clean Elections?

Yes, provided the following criteria have been met:
  • The qualifying period has not ended (for 2014 the qualifying period ends August 19th)
  • You have not exceeded the early contribution limit for the particular office sought
  • Refund all contributions from PACs, labor unions, businesses, political parties, and corporations
  • Refund all contributions in excess of the $160 early contribution limit
  • All campaign finance reports have been filed and/or amended to show activity to date
  • You attend a participating candidate workshop

May I collect $5 qualifying contributions online?

Yes, you may collect $5 qualifying contributions through E-Qual, a portal designed and administered by the Secretary of State's office. A candidate may collect 100% of their $5 qualifying contributions through the E-Qual system.

Can a person with a green card give an early contribution?

Yes. As long as a person is a permanent legal resident of the United States per 8 U.S.C § 1101(20), they may make an early contribution to a candidate.