This just in from the Gibbons Campaign… We have to admit, this is getting pretty comical.
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Contact: Kevin Gibbons
Pearce, Obama Trade Places on Public Financing – Pearce runs on public money, Obama runs private
Mesa, Arizona – Republican Kevin Gibbons, a candidate for State Senate in LD18, today issued the following statement.
“Russell Pearce and Democrat Barack Obama share at least one thing in common. They have both flip-flopped on the issue of public campaign financing, only in this case, it’s Obama who looks like the conservative.”
Last month, Sen. Obama changed his mind and decided to raise and spend private funds for his general election campaign against Sen. McCain. Obama had previously said he was going to wage his campaign with public funds. On the flip side, Russell Pearce has been a vocal critic of the publicly-funded Clean Elections system and has run his previous campaigns with privately-raised funds. This election, however, Pearce is taking public money.
“In the past, Russell Pearce has been a vocal critic of the use of taxpayer money (Clean Elections) to finance political campaigns. Today, Pearce is a publicly funded candidate who will spend close to $60,000 in taxpayer money to fund his campaign,” said Gibbons.
“Pearce’s hypocritical taking of taxpayer money to run a campaign is another sign of politics as usual; candidates saying one thing, but doing another. It’s just another example of a politician milking the system. He knows better,” said Gibbons
Because of matching windfalls from the Gibbons campaign, the money to be received by the Pearce camp is substantially larger than previous election cycles in District 18.
“The average voter in my district has to work up to two years to earn the amount that Pearce will spend, in taxes, in less than two months. We need candidates whose message resonates enough that they can raise money the old fashioned way,” said Gibbons.
Gibbons is a traditionally-funded candidate, meaning that he has to raise money from individual contributors.