Political action keeps heating up

KINGMAN - The number of political committees signing up to support candidates and issues for November's ballot continues to grow.

Six new political action committees were added to the list in July.

Yes on Prop 119 is a Mesa, Ariz. group that supports a ballot initiative proposed by the Arizona Legislature. The initiative would amend the state constitution to allow the Legislature to exchange state land for private lands in order to protect military bases from encroaching development or to improve the management of state land.

All We Want is Sanity is an independent expenditure committee based out of Tucson.

In Arizona, independent expenditure committees can spend money to support or oppose a candidate, but they cannot coordinate with a candidate. They cannot target ballot measures.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office does not list what candidate the Tucson organizations is supporting.

The Arizona Voter Education Fund is another independent expenditure committee without a candidate listed. The committee is based out of Phoenix.

The Family Medicine Committee from Queen Creek, Ariz. also filed this month as a $500 threshold, non-candidate organization.

According to state law, if a political or candidate's committee doesn't expect to spend or collect more than $500 during an election, they can file a threshold exemption statement instead of a statement of organization. This waives a candidate or organization's obligation to report campaign finances unless they collect or spend more than $500. Once they pass the $500 mark in spending or donations the organization or candidate has to file a statement of organization and file regular campaign finance reports.

No on Prop 120 is a Phoenix ballot opposition group supported by the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The organization is opposing a ballot issue proposed by the Legislature that declares that Arizona is a sovereign state and has authority over all land, water, air, wildlife, minerals and other natural resources in the state, including resources on land owned by the federal government.

The Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Trust state on their websites that the ballot issue a land grab and the state gave up any rights to public lands when it became a state.

Save Our Vote is another ballot opposition committee based out of Phoenix.

The group is opposing a ballot initiative that would allow all Arizona voters to vote in a single open primary for the candidate of their choice regardless of what party they are affiliated with.

The state currently has a presidential preference election where only voters registered with a specific political party can vote and they can only vote for the candidates representing their party.

Arizona also has a state primary system where voters get a ballot with the candidates from their party on it.

For example, someone registered as a Republican would get a Republican ballot and would not be able to vote a Democratic ballot.

Voters registered as Independent or "no party" are the exception. They can ask for and vote on any political party's ballot, except the Green Party's Libertarian Party's.