Both political parties went after Arizona’s few competitive legislative districts in Fall 2010 with a vengeance – and a boatload of dollars.
It all worked out extremely well for the Republicans. Their investments paid off, almost universally. With anti-Democrat sentiment running so strong, they won even when they didn’t spend, creating what Thinking Arizona thinks is a first-time achievement in an otherwise down year for Clean Elections.
Democrats couldn’t win for losing. Candidates needed both money to burn and impeccable credentials, and even then had to scramble.
Thinking Arizona’s study of the campaign finance disclosure statements provides insight into objectives, methods, and who did what to whom. Plus, in the editor’s note found below, some more thoughts on civil discourse.