WHAT IT WOULD DO: Revamp Arizona’s employer-sanctions law to better suit members of the business community. It would provide various legal defenses to businesses that are busted with illegal workers on the payroll and establish new penalties for identify theft. A clever provision: Fines collected from violators would be sent to schools and hospitals.
SUPPORTERS SAY: From the paperwork filed with the Secretary of State’s Office: “Stop Illegal Hiring Act is an initiative designed to crack down on unethical businesses who hire illegal immigrants. This initiative targets employers who hire workers and pay under-the-table in cash, which fuels illegal immigration in Arizona.”
OPPONENTS SAY: This is designed to water down the employer-sanctions law and let businesses get away with hiring illegal immigrants and weakens the groundbreaking legislation designed by state Rep. Russell Pearce.
MAJOR FUNDING PROVIDED BY: Wake Up Arizona!, a coalition of business groups headed up by Mac Magruder, a McDonald’s franchise owner, and auto dealer Jim Click.
TOTAL $$$ IN CONTRIBUTIONS: $513,142
TOTAL $$$ SPENT: $555,931
Campaign finance totals reflect activity through May 31. A list of more recent contributions and expenditures of greater than 10K can be found here.
Find the complete text of each initiative here.