Citizens Clean Elections Commission asks for restraining order vs. Clean Elections USA

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Friday, November 4, 2022 - 3:59pm

The state’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission has been fighting to stop a conservative advocacy group from using a similar name.

And the state commission now wants immediate action, in the form of a restraining order.

The conservative group Clean Elections USA has been monitoring drop boxes in Maricopa County and alleging that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

Commission director Tom Collins said the group’s name has caused confusion, leading Arizona residents to believe the state commission is the one monitoring the drop boxes.

A separate restraining order issued Tuesday put restrictions on the conservative group’s monitoring activities. But an attorney for the commission says the group still has conspiracy materials posted on its site.

A lawsuit filed by the commission cites a post titled “10 plus ways the election was rigged in Maricopa County.” Collins says while that is not only inaccurate, it is causing people to believe that is the position of the state commission. 

A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

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