In Arizona, Clean Election candidates are required to obtain a minimum number of petition signatures to appear on a ballot. Voters interested in assisting Statewide and Legislative candidates can now sign a petition electronically.
John Lewis Mealer requires 2,250 Nominating Signatures and over 5000 E-Qual Clean Election Campaign $5 Qualifying Contributions.
We have petitioners on the street gathering the remainder of “in-person signatures and their required $5 Qualifying Contributions.” We can use your local help and please feel free to recruit a few friends to do the same. Your efforts and the couple of hours per week you might spend helping to build your future and the future of Arizona will be well worth it.
All contributions and donations are closely monitored by the Clean Elections Commission CCEC. What is the Clean Elections Act?
“The Citizens Clean Elections Act was passed by the people of Arizona in 1998 to restore citizen participation and confidence in our political system. The voters wanted to reduce the potentially corrupting influence of money and to “level the playing field” for participating candidates by simply giving them enough money to run credible campaigns while preserving the right of traditional candidates and others to raise and spend campaign dollars as they choose. The Act allows candidates, running for the Legislature or statewide offices the opportunity to forgo special interest money by collecting a certain number of $5 donations. In return, the candidate will receive full funding for their campaigns.”
Source: Citizens Clean Elections Commission
“One special note regarding the Clean Election funding and Az Rev Stat § 16-954 C. “Beginning January 1, 1999, an additional surcharge of ten percent shall be imposed on all civil and criminal fines and penalties collected pursuant to section 12-116.01 and shall be deposited into the fund.”
This padding of the fines is what makes Arizona appear like a bloodsucking state and I will do away with this version of Clean Election funding. Oftentimes, people like me need to utilize this type of funding in order to fix the problem. I am at such a financial disadvantage that I must take CCEC funds.
Once elected and my ready-to-go plans are put into play, these additional skimmed funds will not be required to make sure the Clean Election Laws work, because our increase in the quantity of available taxes (even with a lowered tax rate) will more than handle the CCEC funds. Further, every individual who has had these funds skimmed from their fine or civil and criminal suits will have the additional 10% repaid IF, in fact, they have paid it.
While I find it noble that the Libertarian Party will not accept these funds, I also find it irresponsible because candidates must be on a level playing field to first be elected and second to end the corruption and alter unfair laws.
If it’s campaign welfare I require to preserve Arizona and voter integrity, then so be it.”
John Mealer, 2013