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March 21 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am$15
The Democrats of the Red Rocks will host a discussion with guest speaker Diane McQueen from the “Outlaw Dirty Money” citizen initiative at its breakfast meeting on Thursday, March 21st at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant, 1405 W SR 89A. The meeting starts at 8AM.
Outlaw Dirty Money is a statewide volunteer group working to place a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot to require certain “Right to Know” regulations on campaign contributions and expenditures. The aim is to increase transparency in elections. The initiative proposes that any non-profit spending more than $20,000 on a statewide campaign or $10,000 on a local race would have to disclose all donors who contributed $5000 or more.
A 2018 attempt at a similar ballot initiative fell short of the 225,963 valid signatures that were needed, in large part because of a series of laws passed in recent years that have made it more difficult for citizen initiatives to succeed in actually reaching the ballot.
It will be even more difficult to qualify for the 2020 ballot. Due to last year’s high voter turnout, the new number of required signatures the group will need is up another 125,000 for a total of 357,467. Additionally, a new law requires judges to toss signatures if a petitioner doesn’t show up in court to defend a challenged petition, even if there are undisputed valid signatures on the sheet.
Ms. McQueen will appear as part of DORR’s critical issues breakfast series, held on the third Thursday of the month. The organization presents a different program each month. All breakfasts are open to the public. There is a $15 fee to cover the cost of breakfast.
DORR is an all-volunteer Democratic Club for Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, the Verde Valley, and surrounding communities, that welcomes all independent-minded community members. The DORR office is located at 1385 Route 89A (next to Olde Sedona.) For more information please call 928-212-1357 or visit: www.sedonadorr.org