Washington, DC — Earlier today, the Arizona Senate passed HB 2569, to prevent private individuals or organizations from giving money to state election boards or officials. Heritage Action for America, a national conservative group, released the following statement from Executive Director Jessica Anderson applauding lawmakers:
At a time of increasing distrust in our nation’s elections, Arizona lawmakers have been at the forefront of the fight to save our elections. HB 2569 is another in a series of common-sense measures they have taken to protect election integrity and keep the influence of private money out of Arizona’s election system. No organization should be able to give millions of dollars to election boards or officials — elections are the exclusive responsibility of the government, and private money creates partisan incentives and the appearance of corruption.
Arizonans have the right to know their elections are being run without outside influence, and Gov. Ducey should promptly sign the bill into law. Meanwhile, Arizona legislators will continue working to pass further legislation to protect Arizona’s voters. They should do so with the knowledge that they are supported by the people of Arizona.
Background: Heritage Action has invested an initial $10 million into a campaign to strengthen election laws across eight states, including Arizona. Heritage Action Sentinels and activists have worked to advance election laws like HB 2054, HB 2569, HCR2023, and other resolutions. Last month HB 2054 was signed into law, a bill inspired by a Heritage Action Sentinel.