The Citizens Clean Elections Act was passed by the people of Arizona in 1998 to restore citizen participation and confidence in our political system.
What is Clean Elections?
The Citizens Clean Elections Act, passed by voters in 1998, is administered by a five member, non-partisan Commission. The Act established a system for voter education, clean funding for candidate campaigns and campaign finance enforcement. The purpose of the Act is to restore citizen participation and confidence in our political system, improve the integrity of Arizona State government and promote freedom of speech under the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.
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Executive Director Thomas M. Collins Financial Affairs & Compliance Officer Sara A. Larsen Voter Education Manager Gina Roberts Policy Director Mike Becker Executive Officer Paula Thomas Executive Support Specialist Alec Shaffer Voter Education and Legal Intern Amy Jicha
Where does the Citizens Clean Elections Commission get their funding?
The voters of Arizona established the Citizens Clean Elections Fund, which is comprised from the following:
10% surcharge on all civil penalties and criminal fines
Civil penalties paid by candidates.
$5 qualifying contributions collected from participating candidates.
I hear people say that this program is nothing more than "tax dollars for politicians." Is this true?
No. The candidates who qualify for clean elections funding do not receive any money from the general fund.
Who is eligible for Clean Elections funding?
All state legislative candidates as well as all statewide office candidates are eligible for funding from Clean Elections. They must meet certain requirements, among them collecting a certain number of $5 qualifying contributions and agreeing not to accept contributions from PACs and corporations.
How does the Clean Elections Commission spend their funding?
The Commission distributes funds to participating candidates once in the primary election cycle and once in the general election cycle. The Commission is statutorily mandated to spend no more than 10% of its funding on administration/enforcement and 10% on voter education. The voter education plan includes sending a candidate statement pamphlet to every home in the State with a registered voter for both the primary and general elections, sponsoring legislative and statewide candidate debates as well as traveling around the State conducting participating candidate workshops.
To implement and to administer the Citizens Clean Election Act fairly, faithfully and fully.
Through the successful implementation of the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act, the Commission seeks to improve the integrity of Arizona state government and promote public confidence in the Arizona political process.
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission was established by the enactment of the Citizens Clean Elections Act, A.R.S., Title 16, Chapter 6, Article 2. In addition to administering the provisions of Article 2, the Commission promulgates rules and enforces A.R.S. §§ 16-940 through 16-961.