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Ballot measure to limit ‘dark money’ passes

Voters pulled back the curtain on anonymous campaign spending Tuesday, approving a ballot measure that requires public disclosure of big-dollar donors to political committees.

Proposition 211 jumped to an early and big lead and never let up, winning in all 15 counties. The Associated Press declared the measure a win, even as votes were still being tallied, based on its lopsided advantage.

The win caps a nearly decade-long effort by former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard to require disclosure of the people paying for political advertisements sponsored by vaguely named political committees.

“We should not be surprised that Arizonans love sunshine,” Goddard said, a nod to the adage that sunshine is the best disinfectant.

The Voters’ Right to Know Act, as backers titled the…

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