Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Illegal Pay to Play Connections

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October 21, 2010

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Stefani Zimmerman

920-915-5323

Stefani@gosarforcongress.com

Kirkpatrick’s Illegal Pay to Play Connections

Kirkpatrick Earmark Requests tied to Suspicious Lobbyist Donations

PRESCOTT, AZ –First, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick took $10,000 from SEIU, the group leading the boycott against Arizona, and for 53 days has ignored requests to return the money.  Now we find out that Kirkpatrick accepted campaign donations from lobbyists on the very same day she made earmark requests for their pet projects.  Voters in Arizona’s First Congressional District deserve to know why Ann Kirkpatrick is accepting tainted money.

“It didn’t take very long for Ms. Kirkpatrick to be bought by the special interests financing her campaign,” said Gosar Communications Director Stefani Zimmerman.  “We already know that she’s soft on illegal immigration from her record in the State Legislator so it’s no surprise she accepted thousands of dollars from SEIU.  BUT, it is shocking that she would accept campaign donations from lobbyists within minutes of requesting the earmarks they lobby on behalf of.  This is the kind of corruption you expect from Chicago politicians, not rural Arizona.  It is possible that Ms. Kirkpatrick broke the law.  The days of trading taxpayer money for campaign contributions have come to an end.  The timing of these donations and earmark requests need to be investigated.”

Here are the facts:

  • On April 3, 2009, Kirkpatrick made $4,608,500 in earmark requests for Northern Arizona University (NAU).  Kirkpatrick has taken a total of $3,750 in campaign contributions from four lobbyists who lobbied Congress on behalf of Northern Arizona University for a biodefense laboratory expansion.  One of those lobbyists, Barry Dill, contributed to her campaign within minutes of requesting these earmarks for NAU.

  • On December 19, 2009, Kirkpatrick secured $1.6 million in earmarks for the NAU Forensic Center Updates projects and that very same day she took $2,000 from three of the lobbyists who lobby Congress on behalf of NAU for this project.
  • On March 22, 2010, Kirkpatrick made $300,000 in earmark requests for Childhelp.  Interestingly, Kirkpatrick took $2,000 in campaign contributions from Ellen Riddleberger- the lobbyist that lobbied Congress for appropriations on behalf of Childhelp.  Of that money, Kirkpatrick took $1,000 within a week of requesting the FY 2011 earmark for Childhelp.
  • On March 22, 2010, Kirkpatrick made $5,000,000 in earmark requests for the City of Flagstaff and then accepted a campaign contribution from Robert Holmes, the lobbyist who lobbied Congress on behalf of the City of Flagstaff, less than a week after requesting this earmark.

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Dr. Gosar Applauds Federal Judge’s Ruling

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October 14, 2010

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Stefani Zimmerman

920-915-5323

Stefani@gosarforcongress.com

Gosar Applauds Federal Judge’s Ruling to Allow States to Overturn Obamacare

Kirkpatrick’s $2.5 Trillion Health Care Vote Is Bankrupting States, Families

PRESCOTT, AZ –Today, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that States may continue to sue to overturn the $2.5 trillion health care law.  States are suing the Federal Government because of the unconstitutional provisions in the bill, such as requiring all individuals to purchase insurance and imposing unlawful taxes on individuals, families and small businesses.  Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick voted in favor of the health care bill which raises taxes over $525 billion and does nothing to lower the cost of health care.

“Today is a victory for the American people,” said Dr. Paul Gosar.  “I applaud Judge Vinson for upholding the Constitution and recognizing that individual States have the right to stand up to the Federal Government and fight back against the largest expansion of the government in the history of our nation.  As a healthcare provider I understand firsthand how inefficient the Federal Government is at running health care and I know that this bill will do nothing but lower the quality of care.  We need real health care reform that actually lowers the cost of health care and protects the patient-doctor relationship.”

Liberal Ann Kirkpatrick defended her health care vote by stating, “I am putting my district first again by voting for this reform package.” (Kirkpatrick Press Release, 3/22/10)

Here is how Ann has put her district first:

  • Exemptions from the onerous penalties included in the bill were given to big businesses, such as McDonald’s, but small businesses must abide by the law and continue to pay the fines and taxes found in this legislation.  As Dateline: Washington reported on 10/11/10, “Just days after McDonald’s suggested the new health care laws would force it to end coverage for hourly employees, the Obama administration has issued an exemption to the golden arches and dozens of other firms that were poised to eliminate health coverage over prohibitive costs.”
  • This week, the Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards released a list of over 15,000 over-the-counter medications that are no longer tax-free because of Obamacare.  This list includes allergy medication, cold remedies, pain relievers and more.
  • Strategy 360 recently released a poll of registered voters views on the health care bill:
    • 88% disapproved of the health care reform bill because of government overreach
    • 55% of registered voters and 79% of seniors said the bill shows the incompetence of Congress
    • 72% disapproved of the bill’s cuts to Medicare Advantage
    • 70% disapproved of the increased tax on investments
    • 69% disapproved of the individual mandate with fines
    • 62% disapproved that there was no plan to deal with junk lawsuits
  • Insurance premiums are skyrocketing because of Obamacare.  NWCN reported on 10/12/10, “Ralph Nilssen’s five beautiful kids are about to get more expensive. Regence Blue Shield sent him a letter saying rates are going up – way up. Regence put the blame – at least in part – on the new and controversial health care law. “Obama care went into effect and my rates went through the roof,” said Nilssen. In the letter, Regence told Nilssen his $532 monthly premium could nearly triple next year. “I just sat back and said you’ve got to be kidding me,” he said.”

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Ann Kirkpatrick’s Rhetoric v. Reality

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October 14, 2010

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Stefani Zimmerman

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Kirkpatrick’s Rhetoric v. Reality

Kirkpatrick’s “Stimulus” Vote Sent Taxpayer Money to Companies Overseas

PRESCOTT, AZ –Today, in another desperate attempt to hide her record, Liberal Ann Kirkpatrick continued to spread lies about Dr. Paul Gosar’s positions.  As a small businessman and healthcare provider, he understands that small business is the engine of Arizona’s economy and he has a plan to bring jobs back to the district.  Under Ann Kirkpatrick’s “leadership” unemployment has risen to 12% in the district; meanwhile, her stimulus vote helped to boost China’s economic growth rate.

“As Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick continues to struggle in the polls, she has resorted to outright lies about Dr. Gosar’s plan to bring jobs back to rural Arizona,” said Gosar Communications Director Stefani Zimmerman.  “Ann Kirkpatrick’s vote for the $787 billion failed stimulus bill gave green energy grant money to companies in China. Arizonans are struggling and Kirkpatrick has done nothing but vote to ship taxpayer money and jobs overseas.  This is hypocrisy at its worst.”

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, in conjunction with ABC News and the Watchdog Institute, reported that “more than 80 percent of the first $1 billion in grants to wind and energy companies went to foreign firms.  Since then, the administration has stopped making announcements of new grants to wind, solar and geothermal companies, but has handed out another $1 billion, bringing the total given out to $2.1 billion and the total that went to companies based overseas to more than 79 percent.”

Ann Kirkpatrick’s rhetoric cannot hide the fact that she voted for the $787 billion stimulus bill.  Since passage of this bill, unemployment has skyrocketed.  And, since her time in Congress, unemployment has increased 20% in Arizona’s First Congressional District and more than 33,000 jobs have been lost under her watch.  Voters don’t want to send their taxpayer money overseas and that is why momentum continues to grow behind Dr. Paul Gosar.  As a small businessman he is committed to reining in wasteful spending and stopping the dramatic growth in government.  Small businesses create jobs in Arizona, not stimulus money that is sent abroad to green energy plants in China.

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Fox News Fact Checks Kirkpatrick

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October 11, 2010

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Stefani Zimmerman

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ICYMI: Fox News Fact Checks Kirkpatrick’s Rhetoric v. Her Record

PRESCOTT, AZ – Today, Fox News Channel examined Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s record and compared it to her campaign rhetoric.  Not surprisingly, the facts about her record don’t match up with what she has been saying.  For example, she tells Fox that she is “proud to be a Democrat” yet any mention of her party is suspiciously absent from her campaign materials.  Even more startling for the struggling families of Arizona’s First Congressional District are her claims that she is fiscally conservative, yet when asked about her support for numerous spending bills and bailouts, she says that they were tough votes and that she didn’t view them as bailouts.

Click here to watch Fox News Channel’s Fact Check on Ann Kirkpatrick’s Recent Flip-Flops:

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As you write your story, please consider a quote from Gosar Communications Director, Stefani Zimmerman:

“Liberal Ann Kirkpatrick will say anything to get re-elected,” said Zimmerman.  “Last time I checked, voting for a $3.4 trillion budget, the $787 billion stimulus bill, TARP 3, and requesting nearly $100 million in taxpayer funded earmarks was not emblematic of someone who is concerned with wasteful spending.  It’s just business as usual for Nancy Pelosi and her foot-soldier Ann Kirkpatrick to claim one thing but then turn around and do the opposite as soon as they arrive in Washington.  It’s clear that as momentum continues to build behind Dr. Gosar, voters are tired of the Democrat’s lies and desperate attempts to hide their true record.”

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Dr. Gosar Leads Kirkpatrick 46-39

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October 6, 2010

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ICYMI: Gosar Leads Kirkpatrick 46-39

PRESCOTT, AZ – Today, The Hill released a poll in which Dr. Paul Gosar is leading Liberal incumbent, Ann Kirkpatrick 46% to 39%.  This poll demonstrates the continued momentum behind Dr. Gosar and it is particularly significant given that early ballots in Arizona are mailed tomorrow.

Here is The Hill’s analysis:

http://thehill.com/house-polls/polls-archive/122875-district-by-district-arizona

District by district – Arizona

By Shane D’Aprile – 10/06/10 05:55 AM ET

Arizona-1
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) vs. Paul Gosar (R)

Kirkpatrick trails her Republican opponent by seven points, receiving 39 percent of the vote to Gosar’s 46, according to The Hill/ANGA poll. Twelve percent of likely voters remain undecided.

Gosar is a favorite of the Tea Party and was backed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the Republican primary.

The Tea Party was found to have a profound effect in this GOP-leaning district, with 56 percent of voters rating it favorably. Both Republicans and independents stated they were more likely to support a Tea Party-backed candidate on Election Day (56 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents).

Gosar also leads Kirkpatrick 2-to-1 among likely male voters. And he leads 43 percent to Kirkpatrick’s 37 among independents.

That deficit likely extends from voters’ dismal views of Congress and President Obama. Independents and Republicans expressed deep dissatisfaction with both Democratic-controlled branches. Moreover, 37 percent more Republicans than Democrats say they are “very passionate” about voting in November.

Kirkpatrick’s best hope is to win over female voters ages 35-54, who are largely undecided.

The poll was conducted Sept. 25-30, consisted of 403 phone interviews among likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

As you write your story, please consider the following quote from Gosar Campaign Manager, JP Twist:

“The people of Arizona’s First Congressional District have examined Ann Kirkpatrick’s liberal record and it doesn’t match up with the views of this rural region,” said Twist.  “She claims she is doing her part to pay down the national debt, then goes and requests nearly $100 million in earmarks that would be funded by the taxpayers.  She claims she doesn’t support Wall Street Executives, but she voted for the failed stimulus bill which includes a loophole to give bonuses to AIG executives.  She says one thing to voters, then flies to Washington and falls in line with Nancy Pelosi.  Arizona needs a leader who knows how to create jobs, not more big-spending government bureaucracy. “

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Kirkpatrick Calls for More “Spending Projects”

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October 2, 2010

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Gosar Wins Yavapai Tea Party Forum

Kirkpatrick Calls for More “Spending Projects

PRESCOTT, AZ – This evening, Dr. Paul Gosar won the Yavapai Tea Party Forum by demonstrating his commitment to a smaller, less regulated government.  Liberal Ann Kirkpatrick admitted that she was in favor of more spending projects.  In these challenging economic times, the last thing Arizonans need is more wasteful, government programs that treat the taxpayer’s money like a blank check.  As a small business owner, Dr. Gosar understands this and that is why his performance at tonight’s debate demonstrated that he is the only candidate that will rein in government spending once and for all.

FACT CHECK ON KIRKPATRICK’S REMARKS AT THE YAVAPAI TEA PARTY FORUM:

CLAIM: In her introductory remarks, Kirkpatrick claimed she is concerned about spending.

FACT: Kirkpatrick voted for H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which cost the American taxpayer $787 billion, increased mandatory spending by an estimated $267 billion over 10 years, and increased discretionary spending by $308.3 billion over 10 years.

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick touted her support for H.R. 1 and said that teachers and firemen were glad for her vote.  She then went on to say that she is “always looking for more spending projects.”

FACT: H.R. 1 has not helped small businesses, the backbone of Arizona’s economy.  As of June 30, 2010, www.recovery.gov reports that Arizona’s First Congressional District has received $709,260,804 in stimulus funding, yet only 3,610.6 jobs have been created.  That means, the cost to create or save each of these jobs was $196,438.48 per job.  Meanwhile, the median household income in the district is $41,997.

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick claims she read the entire health care bill and that she supports the bill because it will protect seniors impacted by the Medicare doughnut hole.

FACT: The health care overhaul legislation contains approximately $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.  Medicare Advantage alone would be cut by more than $100 billion.  7.4 million fewer seniors could be enrolled in Medicare Advantage because of the cuts and some seniors may lose the Medicare benefits they now enjoy.

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick claims the health care bill will save $140 million over time.

FACT: The bill does not include the prevention in a pending 21% reduction in Medicare payments to physicians, which would by itself wipe out the “savings” that the White House and Congress continue to take credit for.  Furthermore, the final health care package raises taxes, penalties and fees by $525 billion and taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes in 2019 alone.

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick said she has always pushed to secure the border.

FACT: As a state legislator, Kirkpatrick voted against allowing the National Guard to defend the border if a state of emergency is declared by the Governor.  (HB 2766)

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick said she is opposed to amnesty.

FACT: As a state legislator, Kirkpatrick sponsored legislation to give tax credits to people seeking amnesty. (HB 2847)

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick said she is a strong supporter of second amendment rights and has an “A” rating with the NRA.

FACT: As a state legislator, Kirkpatrick received a “D” rating from the NRA.

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick said her number one priority is to bring jobs back to Arizona.

FACT: Since Kirkpatrick has been in Congress, Arizona’s unemployment rate has increased 20%, and more than 30,000 jobs have been lost.

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick said that border security is about national security and that she believes in securing the border to fix the problem with the drug cartels.

FACT: As a state legislator, Kirkpatrick voted against creating a border security fund that would have created a border radar system with cameras and voted against denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with felony offenses. (SB 1273 and HCR 2028)

CLAIM: Kirkpatrick stated that she will “listen to the voices of the American people.”

FACT: Yet in 2009 Kirkpatrick walked out on constituents during a health care town hall meeting.

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Paid for by Paul Gosar for Congres

Kirkpatrick Vote Funds Pornography

Kirkpatrick Vote Funds Pornography


America is in crisis.  As our nation’s economy continues to suffer, thousands of Arizonans families out of work and a national debt that is staggering out-of-control, how does Ann Kirkpatrick respond?

She votes to spend YOUR tax dollars on pornography!

•    $50,000 for a homosexual porn theatre in San Francisco. (House Resolution 1 – Stimulus Bill, 2009)

Ann Kirkpatrick, another big spending Washington liberal that has completely lost touch with Arizona and its values.


Vote NO on Ann Kirkpatrick.

Paid for by Paul Gosar for Congress

Dr. Gosar to Hold Republican Unity Rally, August 26th in Holbrook

Friends,

You are invited to the Republican Party Unity Rally next Thursday – two days after the Republican Primary. We are going to hold this victory rally in the same town where Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick walked out on her constituents. She walked out on them because they were asking questions about President Obama’s national health care or more commonly known as Obamacare.

Ann Kirkpatrick voted for Obamacare.

Well Ann, you can run but can’t hide from your voting record!

Join us. We need to stand united as a Party to beat Ann Kirkpatrick.

We have invited all Congressional District One candidates to attend and support the winner of the Republican Primary. My campaign is organizing this rally – win or lose – because I feel it is that important to be united as we go into the General Election against a liberal Democrat.

The event details are below and I look forward to seeing you there.

Please remember to vote by returning your early ballot or on Election Day, August 24th.

Sincerely,

Paul Gosar

Hugh Hewitt Coming to AZ for Dr. Paul Gosar

Peter & Dena Smith

cordially invite you to their home for a reception with

Hugh Hewitt

in support of

Candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Scottsdale, AZ

6:00pm

Suggested minimum contribution of $200 per person

Often referred to as, “the most influential Conservative you’ve never heard of”, Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon which has an audience estimated at more than 2 million listeners every week. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995.

Professor Hewitt has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life & Times program.  Hewitt also served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General.

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Mr. Hewitt will also be joining Dr. Gosar in Prescott Valley earlier in the day. Thursday Aug 12th.


11:00am to 12:30pm.


The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to RSVP visit

www.GosarforCongress.com/Get-Involved/Hugh-Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt Coming to AZ for Dr. Gosar

Peter & Dena Smith

cordially invite you to their home for a reception with

Hugh Hewitt

in support of

Candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Scottsdale, AZ

6:00pm

Suggested minimum contribution of $200 per person

Often referred to as, “the most influential Conservative you’ve never heard of”, Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon which has an audience estimated at more than 2 million listeners every week. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995.

Professor Hewitt has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life & Times program.  Hewitt also served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General.

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Mr. Hewitt will also be joining Dr. Gosar in Prescott Valley earlier in the day. Thursday Aug 12th.


11:00am to 12:30pm.


The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to RSVP visit

www.GosarforCongress.com/Get-Involved/Hugh-Hewitt