The Clean Elections Commission was established by the Citizens Clean Elections Act (Proposition 200), an initiative measure that was approved in the 1998 General Election. Statutory authority is found at A.R.S. §§ 16-940 to 16-961.
The Commission is responsible for adopting rules to carry out the Act’s provisions and to govern its procedures. The Act established campaign contribution limits, spending limits, reporting requirements, and debate requirements for participating candidates.
The Citizens Clean Elections Act (Act) was passed by voters in November 1998. The Act established a campaign financing system to provide public funding to qualified candidates running for legislative and state-wide offices and created the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to enforce the Act’s provisions.
The Commission consists of five members, each serving a five-year term. No more than two commission members may be from the same political party. Vacancies are filled through a process in which remaining commissioners nominate a slate of three candidates. The Governor and the highest-ranking official holding a state-wide office who is not a member of the same political party as the Governor alternate in selecting a new commissioner.
The Commission is responsible for providing public funding to qualified candidates, publishing voter education pamphlets, sponsoring debates, administering the Fund and enforcing campaign finance laws established by the Act. The Act established campaign contribution limits, spending limits, reporting requirements, and debate requirements for participating candidates. It also established campaign contribution limits and reporting requirements for candidates who elect not to receive public funding for their campaigns. These candidates are referred to as nonparticipating candidates.