Monday, August 24, 2015

AZ SoS Michele Reagan won't do anything about dark money ...

... despite campaign promises, and won't let the Citizen Clean Election Commission do anything either.

But the curious thing is: the CCEC is trying in spite of her threats.

A lengthy summary of Reagan's spat with CCEC is reported here by Craig McDermott at Blog for Arizona. He includes Reagan's history with election reform legislation (aka voter suppression bills). Here is the short of it.

Reagan’s conflict with the Citizens Clean Election Commission seems to rise from the fact that they aren’t willing to be paper tigers, unwilling to do anything to upset the dark money-fueled gravy train that so many at the state capitol so enthusiastically ride.

Maybe if, instead of just talking a good game, Reagan was interested in doing her job conscientiously and honorably, it wouldn’t be necessary for the CCEC to intervene.

I would not wait for that. Remember Reagan's role in HB2305 (aka the voter suppression bill)?

[While in the AZ Senate] Her "reforms" were almost all about voter suppression and while Reagan’s bills died, the voter suppression clauses were folded into the now-infamous HB2305.

She wasn’t listed as one of the sponsors of the bill (plausible deniability?), but she was one the conference committee members that help to turn a previously (relatively) innocuous bill into a true nugget of ugly.

That bill was passed and signed into law by then-Governor Jan Brewer.

It was then subject to a petition effort to refer it to the 2014 ballot to be overturned (or upheld) by the voters.

The petition drive was successful, more or less.

Enough signatures were gathered to freeze implementation of the measure and refer it to the ballot.

The lege, still having a few active brain cells under their tin foil tricorner hats and realizing that having on the ballot something that would serve to highlight GOP voter suppression efforts would be very bad (for them, anyway), promptly repealed HB2305 during the early days of the 2014 session, rendering the petition drive/ballot referral moot.

If anyone wants to do anything about dark money, Michele Reagan is the very last person you should trust.

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