Press Release: Pearce, Obama Trade Places on Public Financing

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.

Campaign Finance Reports – 2nd Quarter, 2008

Campaign Finance Reports are due at the Federal Election Commission today and already they have started to file in. As the campaigns continue to file, Sonoran Alliance will provide links to each report. (Continue to check back as we add to the list.)

Preston Korn – CD1
Sydney Hay – CD1
Trent Franks – CD2
John Shadegg – CD3
Don Karg – CD4
Mark Anderson – CD5
Susan Bitter-Smith – CD5
Lee Gentry – CD5
Laura Knaperek – CD5
Jim Ogsbury – CD5
David Schweikert – CD5
Jeff Flake – CD6
Gene Chewning – CD7
Tim Bee – CD8

Press Release: Schweikert Has Another Successful Quarter

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Contact: Bill Connor, (480) 946-1125 /


(Scottsdale, AZ) – The David Schweikert for Congress Campaign announced today that it has raised over $160,000.00 for the second quarter and has now raised over $865,000.00 [year to date] since Schweikert first filed to run for Congress late last year. 

“We are extremely pleased with the outpouring of support we have received from donors all across Arizona”, said Schweikert.  “This will be an expensive race, but I am confident that the support is there to take our message of government reform, national security and governmental downsizing and efficiency to the voters of Congressional District 5.”

With over 1,500 individual donors, Schweikert’s campaign is in the strongest position financially to win against Liberal Congressman Harry Mitchell in November’s general election.

“Our message of reforming Congress and eliminating waste through earmark reform is resonating with donors”, continued Schweikert. “They understand that we need a Congressman who doesn’t just talk about change, but one who is committed to delivering change.  I brought change in the legislature and at the County Treasurer’s office.  I can and will bring change to Washington.”

David Schweikert served as the Maricopa County Treasurer before resigning the office to run for Congress.  Schweikert served as the Majority Whip in the Arizona Legislature where he sponsored comprehensive legislation reforming legislative ethics and curtailing lobbyist influence. In both positions he saved millions of taxpayer dollars through streamlining and innovative implementation of new technologies.  In both positions, Schweikert established a record of proven fiscal and ethical reform.

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