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Five measures that would change the initiative process are on the ballot in 2022

In November, there are a total of five measures on the ballot related to the initiative process. A ballot initiative is a way that citizens can propose, amend, or repeal a state law or constitutional provision by collecting signatures from registered voters. Successful signature drives result in an initiative being placed on the ballot for voters to approve or reject. Twenty-six states have an initiative process at the state level, and each state has different rules and requirements regarding the ballot initiative process, including majority and supermajority requirements, single-subject rules, and requirements for measures that increase taxes.

Five measures regarding the initiative process are on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 general election. One measure was on the ballot in June. This November, the states with ballot measures regarding the initiative process are Arizona (3 measures), Arkansas (1 measure), and Colorado (1 measure). 

Last June, voters rejected a measure in South Dakota called Amendment C by 67-32%. Amendment C would have changed the vote requirement from a simple majority to a 60% majority for ballot measures that increase taxes or require the state to appropriate $10 million or more in the first five fiscal years.

In November, voters will decide on five measures regarding the initiative process in Arizona, Arkansas, and Colorado:

  • Arkansas Issue 2: Amends the Arkansas Constitution to require a 60% vote of approval from voters to adopt constitutional amendments (legislatively referred and citizen-initiated) and citizen-initiated state statutes.
  • Arizona Proposition 128: Amends the Arizona Constitution to allow the Arizona State Legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved ballot initiatives if any portion has been declared unconstitutional or illegal by the Arizona Supreme Court or U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Arizona Proposition 129: Amends the Arizona Constitution to require that citizen-initiated ballot measures embrace a single subject.
  • Arizona Proposition 132: Amends the Arizona Constitution to require a 60% vote for voters to pass ballot measures to approve taxes.
  • Colorado Proposition GG: Requires the ballot titles and fiscal impact summaries for initiatives that affect income taxes to include information on how the change would affect income taxes for different categories of income.

Between 2010 and June 2022, there were 20 measures regarding the initiative process on the ballot. Voters approved 11 (55%) of them, while nine (45%) were rejected.

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These 10 Arizona donors gave over $27.3 million

In Arizona politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $162.1 million in total donations between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The 10 largest donors gave more than $27.3 million, or 17 percent of all contributions.

These are the top 10 individual donors to Arizona state-level candidates and political action committees (PACs) in the 2022 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State:

Top 10 Arizona Donors (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Rank Donor Name Total Donations
1 Karrin Taylor Robson $15,200,440
2 Steve Gaynor $5,001,025
3 Deborah J Simon $1,507,500
4 Waseem Hamadeh $1,356,300
5 Katherine Leslie Rudin $1,000,000
6 Paola Tulliani Zen $686,675
7 David Tedesco $668,000
8 Ried G Hoffman $657,300
9 Daniel McCarthy $610,000
10 Karla T Jurvetson $577,800

The list of Arizona donors in this time period includes more than 1,062 individuals identified by name in the Arizona Secretary of State’s public records.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Arizona PACs submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Report Name Report Due Date
2021 1/15/2022
2022 Q1 4/15/2022
2022 Q2 7/15/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 7/23/2022
2022 Post-Primary and Q3 10/15/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/29/2022
2022 Post-General and Q4 1/17/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.



All candidates for Arizona State Senate District 15 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Arizona State Senate District 15 —Alan Smith (D) and Jake Hoffman (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Arizona’s state legislature. Arizona is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Smith:

“Social injustice affects all parts of our society. All Arizonan’s do not have equal access to outstanding schools, great neighborhood parks, playgrounds, swimming pools healthcare, mental health care, jobs, good streets, grocery stores, retail, etc. Poorer neighborhoods even lack shade. Any deficiencies in these public amenities affect those that live in the area. We must strive for social justice to give everybody equal opportunities in their own neighborhoods.” 

Hoffman:

“The threats facing Arizonans and Americans today are existential and numerous. I believe that we must raise up a new crop of conservative, America first legislators who understand they must be willing to educate themselves on all areas of public policy, so that they can combat these threats as they appear. We are in a battle of good vs. evil. A battle of right vs. wrong. A battle of self determination vs. authoritarian big government control.” 

Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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All candidates for Arizona State Senate District 12 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Arizona State Senate District 12 —Mitzi Epstein (D) and David Richardson (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Arizona’s state legislature. Arizona is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?                

Epstein:       

  • “Education – Our community expects high quality public schools to support property values and local businesses today and to prepare our children to meet the unknowns of tomorrow with skills and confidence.” 
  • “Economy-Having worked in the financial sector and in technology, Mitzi uses her experience and knowledge to take a critical eye to proposed legislation.”
  • “Fiscal Responsibility – Taxpayers deserve results from their investment in government projects. To know how our dollars are performing we must have transparency and accountability. Mitzi is highly respected in the legislature for her careful attention to detail and to budgets.”

Richardson:       

  • “My wife and I found out we were pregnant last summer, and I was burdened with the thought of the Arizona my son might inherit. Specifically, I’m concerned about our water supply, our school systems, our local economy, and our individual liberties.”
  • “The issues facing Arizona have never been more complex or daunting than they are right now. We need skilled decision-makers in our state legislature. As an engineer-scientist and businessman, I’m skilled at diving into complex problems and finding innovative, economical solutions.” 
  • “I believe it is possible to uphold strong conservative values while still treating those who disagree with us as neighbors, not enemies.” 

Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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All candidates for Arizona House of Representatives District 27 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

All three of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Arizona House of Representatives District 27 — incumbent Kevin Payne (R), incumbent Ben Toma (R), and Don Kissinger (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Arizona’s state legislature. Arizona is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What do you perceive to be your state’s greatest challenges over the next decade?            

Payne:       

  • “I’m a constitutional conservative they will uphold both the Arizona and the US constitution”
  • “I’m an advocate of public safety to include correctional, police police and firefighters”
  • “I believe in backpack funding for for our students where the money follows the child to whatever school ever school they attend. This includes public district, public charter, private and home schools.”

Ben Toma:           

  • “Economy, Small Government, & Low and Fair Taxes: I believe the best way to grow the economy and recover from this downturn is to get the government out of the way.”
  • “Pro-life & Pro-school Choice: I’m pro-life. It’s a shame to see the liberal media hype up certain kinds of violence while completely ignoring the thousands of lives lost each day due to abortion.” 
  • “Pro Law Enforcement & 2nd Amendment: I fully support our Constitutional right to bear arms. The freedom to defend oneself is a necessary and practical freedom, especially during this time of riots and pushes to de-fund police departments.” 

Kissinger:           

  • “I am pro choice and supportive of federal and state constitutional amendments to ensure reproductive freedom.”
  • “I support public education and would support improved oversight of charter or private schools receiving public money.”
  • “I believe Arizona elections have been and continue to be free and fair. Those stating otherwise are simply dishonest.”

Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area tofill out the survey.

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All candidates for Arizona House of Representatives District 17 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

All four of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Arizona House of Representatives District 17 completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The candidates are Dana Allmond (D), Brian Radford (D), Rachel Jones (R), and Cory McGarr (R).

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Arizona’s state legislature. Arizona is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?                    

Allmond:           

“Dana will be an advocate for common sense gun laws, voter protection, a woman’s right to choose, and quality public schools among other topics.”

Radford:

“I believe free public education is a foundation for future further education and employment opportunities and that employment and education builds stronger, safer communities.”

Jones:

“The Second Amendment, pro-life, low taxes, medical freedom, small government, school choice, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all AZ citizens!”

McGarr:

“We need election integrity, medical freedom, school reform and school choice. We need to protect the border, our first and second amendments and the sanctity of life.”

Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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All candidates for Arizona House of Representatives District 24 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Arizona House of Representatives District 24 — Lydia Hernandez (D) and Analise Ortiz (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Arizona’s state legislature. Arizona is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What do you perceive to be your state’s greatest challenges over the next decade?            

Hernandez:           

“Economic Sustainable Growth and its Impact on all Arizonans.”

Ortiz:   

“Our biggest challenge is combatting climate change. I support putting contingency plans in place in Arizona to protect our water resources, capture solar energy, and expand clean energy.”

Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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Mark Finchem spent more than any other Republican House candidate or officeholder in Arizona

Arizona Republican House candidates and officeholders have spent $4.5 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state representatives and candidates, Mark Finchem has spent more than any other Republican.

Finchem is the representative for Arizona House District 11 and is running for Arizona Secretary of State in 2022. Finchem raised $1.2 million and spent $1.1 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to Arizona Secretary of State reports, Finchem spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Mark Finchem’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $1.1 million in reported expenditures, $1.0 million went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$752,299 Go Right Strategies Inc ENTITY
$53,485 Mar-a-Lago Club ENTITY
$48,136 D-Ploy Dploy It LLC ENTITY
$44,464 Anedot Inc ENTITY
$38,749 Red Fox Strategies LLC ENTITY
$19,346 Rightside Lists LLC ENTITY
$17,408 Mark Finchem Campaign INDIVIDUAL
$14,900 PAC Management Services LLC ENTITY
$14,380 Liz Curtis & Associates ENTITY
$12,787 Good Guys Signs ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Arizona PACs submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Mark Finchem’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2021 1/15/2022
2022 Q1 4/15/2022
2022 Q2 7/15/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 7/23/2022
2022 Post-Primary and Q3 10/15/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/29/2022
2022 Post-General and Q4 1/17/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.



Reginald Bolding spent more than any other Democratic House candidate or officeholder in Arizona

Arizona Democratic House candidates and officeholders have spent $2.6 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state representatives and candidates, Reginald Bolding has spent more than any other Democrat.

Bolding is the representative for Arizona House District 27 and ran for Arizona Secretary of State in 2022. Bolding raised $518,016 and spent $415,772 between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to Arizona Secretary of State reports, Bolding spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Reginald Bolding’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $415,772 in reported expenditures, $352,190 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$72,826 Al Media LLC ENTITY
$63,231 New Blue Interactive LLC ENTITY
$55,848 Gusto ENTITY
$41,300 The Money Wheel LLC ENTITY
$35,374 Fieldworks LLC ENTITY
$23,000 Spiros Consulting LLC ENTITY
$20,120 Kenneth Gonzales INDIVIDUAL
$15,787 Numero Inc ENTITY
$13,998 Vasthy Lamadrid INDIVIDUAL
$10,706 Strategies 360 Inc ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Arizona PACs submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Reginald Bolding’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2021 1/15/2022
2022 Q1 4/15/2022
2022 Q2 7/15/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 7/23/2022
2022 Post-Primary and Q3 10/15/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/29/2022
2022 Post-General and Q4 1/17/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.



$9.2 million raised in the race for Arizona attorney general

The general election for the attorney general of Arizona will take place on November 8, 2022. In total, candidates running for Arizona attorney general have raised $9.2 million and spent $8.2 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The Democratic and Republican primaries were held on Aug. 2, 2022.

Here’s the breakdown for the three candidates who are still in the running:

Active Attorney General Candidates’ Campaign Finance, 1/1/2021-6/30/2022

CandidatePartyContributionsExpenditures
Abraham HamadehRepublican$2,030,074.56$1,955,100.44
Kris MayesDemocratic$1,002,296.95$321,585.25
Michael KielskyLibertarian$0$0

The remaining $6,166,685 raised in the race for Arizona attorney general went to candidates who did not advance to the general election or have withdrawn.

Total fundraising in eight attorney general races in the 2022 election cycle

A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election and number of candidates in a race, can influence donor activity. Here is how total fundraising by all candidates for Arizona attorney general compares to the seven other attorney general races with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

RankStateTotal DonationsTotal CandidatesActive CandidatesAvailable Reporting Period
1Texas$30,761,1141131/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
2California$15,136,669.34521/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
3Arizona$9,199,0571331/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
4Florida$7,141,500421/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
5Michigan$5,276,457.07641/1/2021 – 8/22/2022
6Wisconsin$3,763,143621/1/2021 – 7/25/2022
7Minnesota$2,907,519821/1/2021 – 7/18/2022
8Ohio$2,867,606221/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Arizona candidate PACs submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Arizona ReportReporting PeriodDeadline
2021 Q410/1/21 – 12/31/211/15/2022
2022 Q11/1/22 – 3/31/224/15/2022
2022 Q24/1/22 – 6/30/227/15/2022
2022 Pre-Primary7/1/22 – 7/16/227/23/2022
2022 Post-Primary (Q3)7/17/22 – 9/30/2210/15/2022
2022 Pre-General10/1/22 – 10/22/2210/29/2022
2022 Post-General (Q4)10/23/22 – 12/31/221/27/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.