What is Clean Elections?
The Citizens Clean Elections Act, passed by voters in 1998, is administered by a five member, non-partisan Commission. The Act established a system for voter education, clean funding for candidate campaigns and campaign finance enforcement. The purpose of the Act is to restore citizen participation and confidence in our political system, improve the integrity of Arizona State government and promote freedom of speech under the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.
The Commission has a robust voter education plan, developed annually in consultation with election officials and stakeholders, that focuses on educating voters about the logistics of voting as well as voting informed. Click HERE
for more information on elections.
The Commission provides an optional public financing program to qualified statewide and legislative candidates. They must meet certain requirements, among them collecting a certain number of $5 qualifying contributions and agreeing not to accept contributions from PACs and corporations. Click HERE
for more information on Clean Elections candidates.
Campaign Finance Enforcement
The Commission enforces the Clean Elections Act, including the public financing program, and has the authority to assess civil penalties on both participating and non-participating candidates. Click HERE
for more information on campaign finance enforcement.
Clean Elections Fund
The voters of Arizona established the Citizens Clean Elections Fund, which is comprised from the following:
- 10% surcharge on all civil penalties and criminal fines
- Civil penalties paid by candidates.
- $5 qualifying contributions collected from participating candidates.
To implement and to administer the Citizens Clean Election Act fairly, faithfully and fully.
Through the successful implementation of the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act, the Commission seeks to improve the integrity of Arizona state government and promote public confidence in the Arizona political process.
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission was established by the enactment of the Citizens Clean Elections Act, A.R.S., Title 16, Chapter 6, Article 2. In addition to administering the provisions of Article 2, the Commission promulgates rules and enforces A.R.S. §§ 16-940 through 16-961.