An independent expenditure committee has targeted Al Melvin with a hit-piece mailer. It says that it is paid for by Moderates for an Accountable Democracy. The group was registered on September 29, 2006. The chairman is Peter Hormel and the treasurer is Diane Diamond.
The front group, Moderates for an Accountable Democracy, has received a few individual donations. Diane Diamond $100; JoJene Mills $1,000; Thomas Chandler $500; Don Martin $1,000; William Risner $250; and Terrence Jackson $200. By far the largest contribution, $5,000, came from Arizona List. On their web site they call themselves “A Political Committee for Pro-Choice Democratic Women in Arizona.” They sound more like partisan activists than moderates. What is it about their abortion on demand agenda that causes them to fund attacks against Republican’s through front groups instead of directly. The top five names listed on the Honorary Board of Arizona List are Janet Napolitano, Raul Grijalva, Rose Mofford, Terry Goddard, and Gabrielle Giffords.
One recent supporters of Arizona List is Lena Saradnik who is currently running for the house in LD 26. Another big supporter is Steve Quinlan of Long Realty. Steve is also a major contributor to Arizona Together and has given them over $20,000. Arizona Together is the anti traditional marriage group chaired by bi-sexual state representative Kyrsten Sinema. Barbara Lawall is another Arizona List supporter. Molly McKasson, Francine Shacter, and Don Martin. I wonder if that is the same Don Martin who gave $1,000 directly to the “Moderates” front group. Moderates is the last word I would use for this gang.
Melvin may end up laughing all the way to the bank because this independent expenditure could trigger more matching funds from Clean Elections. To date Al has already received $21,952 in public financing just for the general election and more may be on the way. Another point in Melvin’s favor is that a huge part of the electorate has already voted days before the attack mailer was sent.
Wednesday 10-25-06, 10:00 pm