Ducey signs ban on city political spending disclosure rules

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation banning cities and towns from requiring groups that spend money in elections from being required to disclose their donors.

The proposal signed Thursday could essentially gut a new Tempe law approved by 91 percent of the voters requiring nonprofits that spend more than $1,000 in local elections to reveal their donors.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona politics]

The measure passed the Senate and House with no Democratic support. Democrats argued that voters deserve to know who is funding political advertising in elections.

[READ MORE: House vote keeps nonprofits from disclosing election funding]

Republicans argued that anonymous political speech principals demand that groups be allowed to weigh in without their donors being harassed.

[RELATED: Initiative seeks disclosure of "dark money" donors]

Voters approved the Tempe measure on March 13.

[RELATED: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill easing dark money rules (April 1, 2016)]

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