“Phoenix voters may get to weigh in on ‘dark money’ donations”

AZ Central:

Phoenix could follow Tempe in an effort to root out secretive campaign donations from city elections.

The Phoenix City Council Wednesday took the first step toward curbing the influence of “dark money” — campaign donations made by political non-profits that do not have to disclose their donors.

This money is typically spent on things like robocalls, television ads and campaign mailers and often takes the form of negative attack ads.

Mayor Greg Stanton and council members Kate Gallego and Debra Stark requested city staff to draft an amendment to the city’s charter that requires political non-profits to disclose the sources of “major contributions used to influence city elections.”

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