House Panel Passes Bill Increasing Money In Politics

Mar 16, 2016

Arizona House of Representatives Chamber

A bill overhauling the state's campaign finance laws that has passed a House panel would also allow politicians to divert campaign contributions to other politicians.

Democratic Rep. Ken Clark says the measure would amount to a fundamental change in state politics that allows politicians to buy votes from colleagues using campaign contributions. Clark calls it the "king maker provision."

Bill sponsor Sen. Adam Driggs added the provision onto a sweeping bill he said is designed to simplify and re-organize the state's campaign finance code.

Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard said it would not substantially change current law that allows political committees to accept money on behalf of one candidate and then give it to another.

Senate Bill 1516 passed the House Elections Committee on a 5-3 party line vote Tuesday.