The Secretary of State's office is concerned with what the Clean Elections Commission is trying to do with regards to expanding its own authority by a simple vote of its own board. This should be troubling to any Arizonan, regardless of how noble the goal of the Clean Election board's mission. What other agency gets to make their own laws without going through the Legislature, or more importantly, to the People? Just because the topic deals with dark money, does that make this process ok? What if the IRS started changing tax code this way? Would we as a citizenry tolerate it even if some of us agreed with the tax policy they were creating?
Second, there is already a process in place to deal with dark money violations. The Secretary of State's office reviews the complaint, the Attorney General has the "badge and a gun" to subpoena and audit records. We just referred what we believe was a flagrant violation of a dark money group to the Attorney General last week. Should groups be subject to government going after them multiple times by separate agencies for the same crime? The Arizona Republic editorial wrote an opinion piece that outlines the exact constitutional crisis this could lead to. See here:
As Secretary of State, I have a duty to protect the statutory jurisdiction of this office, for not just my term, but for others who will serve in this role long after me. Michele