Reminder of why Supervisor Stapley was prosecuted

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Friday September 14, 2012

Read the full list of lavish expenditures Stapley spent $86,012 of campaign money on    

Less powerful politicians would have been removed from office for just a couple of wrongful expenditures

Supervisor Don Stapley's mug shot
Supervisor Don Stapley’s mug shot

Now that the US Attorney’s office has exonerated Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Arpaio from any wrongdoing in their attempts to prosecute powerful corrupt politicians, we’ve had a few people ask us to remind them what they tried to prosecute them for. Stapley was prosecuted for financial misreporting, leading to a risky loan that the FDIC is now investigating. He also engaged in a land swap with his business partner, convicted felon Conley Wolfswinkel, where Wolfswinkel would funnel him $15,000/month. Finally, he spent $86,012 in campaign funds raised for a campaign where he had NO OPPONENT on hundreds of luxury items for himself and his family!

Officials like former Representative David Burnell Smith were removed from office for far less violations. Clean Elections claimed that Smith violated election laws by spending a few thousand dollars more than authorized by Clean Elections, and removed him from office. It was a technical accounting mistake, it wasn’t like he had spent the money on lavish vacations for himself and his family like Stapley had, and it was only a few thousand dollars. Yet Smith was thrown out of office, and Stapley got the prosecutor disbarred and is now suing the County for thousands if not a million dollars over “stress” from being prosecuted.

You decide, who should have been prosecuted – Thomas or Stapley? Does it sound like Thomas and Arpaio had a “vendetta” against Stapley, or were they simply trying to prosecute someone who was VERY corrupt? Read the Arizona Republic article here, which contains even more unethical behavior by Stapley – http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2010/06/20/20100620stapley-spending.html.

Read the full shocking list of items Stapley spent campaign money on

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NRCC: Arizona Candidates Achieve ‘On the Radar’ Status

Four Republican Candidates Take Steps Toward ‘Young Gun’ Status 

Washington — The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) today announced its newest round of ‘On the Radar’ candidates. By reaching the second step of the four-step ‘Young Guns’ program, these Republican candidates have reached the fundamental benchmarks to place them on the road to victory. Now, these four candidates are ready to take on the Democrat establishment and return fiscal sanity to Washington.

“These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “American taxpayers are tired of watching the Democrat majority spend this country deeper into recession while they have been forced to tighten their belts. With American families desperate for change, these four candidates are determined to rein in reckless spending, cut taxes and return the economy back to a state of vitality.”

Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a member-driven organization, the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan remain actively involved in the Young Guns program, working together to recruit and prime conservative leaders for victory.

After reaching the second step of the four-step program, these ‘On the Radar’ candidates now face a new set of rigorous benchmarks that will continue to help them build competitive, effective and winning campaigns.

The NRCC’s ‘On the Radar’ Candidates Are:

  • Martha McSally (AZ-02)
  • Vernon Parker (AZ-09)
  • Wendy Rogers (AZ-09)
  • Martin Sepulveda (AZ-09) 

For more information, click here.

Will Congressman Jeff Flake Continue Relying on Special Interest Dollars?

Phoenix, Arizona - 106 days ago, Wil Cardon asked Congressman Jeff Flake to join him in pledging to put Arizona first.  He’s asking that both candidates work to keep this Senate race fair, balanced and without interference from Super PAC’s or third party groups. 

So far… NOTHING.

On June 4th, we learned that the DC special interest group, The Club for Growth, has spent and bundled more than $1 million dollars to help the Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Enough is enough. 

Wil Cardon is calling again on Congressman Flake to stop relying on special interest dollars and sign the Arizona First Pledge.

Arizonans are asking why   

Congressman Flake hasn’t signed the Arizona First Pledge.

(Click Here to Read the Arizona First Pledge)

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Will Ben Quayle Stick it to yet another Republican

Boyden Gray has NOTHING to do with National Horizon’s work in Arizona.

You might expect Ben Quayle to figure out from the name “National Horizon” that our group works all around the nation. But you would overestimate Congressman Quayle.

Since National Horizon went on the air with an ad highlighting Quayle’s not serious fitness for office, one of our supporters has been badgered.

Former Bush White House Counsel Boyden Gray contributed to National Horizon generously and we have always planned to use his support in the New York US Senate race. None of Mr. Gray’s money has gone to our ads about Ben Quayle.

But we hear the former Vice President himself has harassed Mr. Gray and demanded he ask for his contribution to be returned.

While it is gratifying the former Vice President of the United States thinks our ads are so powerful, it would be sad if his attacks pulled money out of National Horizon and stopped us from helping another Republican literally across the nation.

But since Ben Quayle ran away from a tough race against a Democrat in the Congressional district where Quayle actually lived, it would be no surprise if Quayle again puts his personal ambitions ahead of the good of all Republicans.

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Will Congressman Jeff Flake Continue Relying on Special Interest Dollars?

Phoenix, Arizona - 104 days ago, Wil Cardon asked Congressman Jeff Flake to join him in pledging to put Arizona first.  He’s asking that both candidates work to keep this Senate race fair, balanced and without interference from Super PAC’s or third party groups. 

So far… NOTHING.

On June 4th, we learned that the DC special interest group, The Club for Growth, has spent and bundled more than $1 million dollars to help the Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Enough is enough. 

Wil Cardon is calling again on Congressman Flake to stop relying on special interest dollars and sign the Arizona First Pledge.

Arizonans are asking why   

Congressman Flake hasn’t signed the Arizona First Pledge.

(Click Here to Read the Arizona First Pledge)

 

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Kirk Adams Releases New Campaign Ad

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Matt Salmon’s lobbying firm was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby for Obamacare. As an opportunist, Matt Salmon wanted to get his piece of the federal healthcare pie.

Evening Fundraiser for Russell Pearce & Lester Pearce

Richard Carmona Avoids Public, Courts Wealthy Donors

PHOENIX – Richard Carmona apparently takes the “riches” part of his “rags to riches” story very seriously, as the majority of his campaigning appears to be limited to posh upscale Phoenix and Tucson neighborhoods.

“The first thing Carmona did after President Obama called to recruit him was to plan exclusive high-dollar fundraisers in wealthy neighborhoods in Phoenix and Paradise Valley,” said Tim Sifert, a spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party. “He’s claims to be running to represent Arizona, but so far he’s sticking to a handful of wealthy zip codes.”

Some of Carmona’s recent fundraisers include:

  • The home of billionaire John Sperling on May 30 in the Arcadia area of East Phoenix.
  • The home of lobbyist Ron Ober and Gail Gordon on June 16 in Paradise Valley.
  • The home of media lawyer Dan Barr on June 20 in Paradise Valley.

Carmona’s campaign notes that in addition to these events, on June 16th he also “met with some of Arizona’s Hispanic leaders and many others at a burger joint in Phoenix.”

Richard Carmona Photos: http://carmonaforarizona.tumblr.com

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Our Family, Our Economy – Nuestra Familia, Nuestra Economía

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When Will Free Speech Be Free?

By Nick Dranias

You know things have gotten out of hand when a government agency can’t figure out its own rules. The Federal Election Commission recently was unable to give a grassroots group clear guidance on whether its proposed political advertisements concerning health care, regulatory, and fiscal issues were regulated under federal elections law. The group gave the Commission 11 proposed political advertisements for the presidential election season to review. In response, the Commission reached split decisions on two different draft opinions and then finally agreed upon a third opinion which declared that it could not reach a decision on whether five of the 11 advertisements were regulated under federal campaign finance laws.

The Federal Election Commission seems to be trying to dance around, or even ignore, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent free speech ruling in Citizens United. The central principle enforced in Citizens United is that the First Amendment means what it says—“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging freedom of speech.” Justice Anthony Kennedy emphasized in his opinion that there is no such thing as an insignificant denial of free speech. The opinion also underscored that the First Amendment is violated when complex campaign finance laws force people to hire lawyers and accountants before they can safely spend their money to engage in protected political speech.

Under Citizens United, the mere fact that the Federal Elections Commission could not reach a clear decision after three bites at the apple should be sufficient evidence of the unconstitutionality of the campaign finance laws it is charged to enforce. No one should be left with little more than casino odds to guide decisions about the legality of running political advertisements during election season. Fortunately, Goldwater Institute senior fellow Benjamin Barr and the Wyoming Liberty Group will soon challenge these laws, underscoring that free speech is not free so long as the meaning of campaign finance laws remains murky even to the Federal Election Commission.

Nick Dranias is the Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government for the Goldwater Institute.

Learn more:

Federal Election Commission: Advisory opinion response (PDF)

Wyoming Liberty Group: In re Free Speech

Goldwater Institute: Citizens United Policy Report

Quayle Introduces Bill to Stop Obama’s Immigration Power Play

Ben Quayle

PHOENIX, AZ- On Monday, June 18, Congressman Ben Quayle introduced the “Prohibiting Back-Door Amnesty Act of 2012”. This bill prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from picking winners and losers and blatantly ignoring our laws.

“President Obama’s decision to alter our nation’s immigration laws undermines border security and our entire immigration system. It is disappointing that the President of the United States is so desperate that he has to launch backdoor amnesty orders in an attempt to pander to voters.”

“The American people want their border secured and that must be accomplished now, as I have insisted for two years. The president has refused to honor that plain duty of his office, and now seeks to exercise power he does not have for his own political purposes. His first obligation is to the Constitution, and all of the American people, and not to his re-election calculus.”

“My bill, the ‘Prohibiting Back-Door Amnesty Act of 2012’ will nullify the immigration policy changes outlined by President Obama and Secretary Napolitano. In addition to stopping these policy changes, the bill will also prevent any similar executive overreaches from occurring. It’s time to send a clear message to the President that his clear disdain for our nation’s laws and reversal on border security enforcement will not be accepted.”

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Congressman Ben Quayle was the first to introduce legislation to counteract Obama’s immigration edict. He continues to gain attention for his leadership on the issue of immigration enforcement and border security. The immigration enforcement advocacy group “Numbers USA” recently granted Rep. Quayle an ‘A’ grade, ranking him the highest in the Arizona delegation.

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Voters Still Waiting on Cardon to Explain Source of Campaign Funding

Jeff Flake

PHOENIX – The Flake campaign renewed its call, first made last week, for millionaire self-funding Senate candidate Wil Cardon to release his response to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint, which could help clear the air over questions that he may be illegally funding his campaign with corporate contributions from his family’s fortune. 

“Cardon should release his response,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for the Flake campaign. “As long as questions still linger over how his campaign is being funded, voters won’t trust him.”

In January, the Arizona Republic reported that Wil Cardon was the subject of a complaint filed with the FEC by Mesa resident Dave Smith, a plumbing contractor who is owed money by the Cardon family. The complaint questions whether he is illegally funding his campaign with corporate contributions.

Click here to view the entire FEC complaint against Wil Cardon.

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Congressman Flake Is Mr. Washington!

Mr. Flake Goes to Washington and Refuses to Come Back!

Congressman Flake's Washington Buddies Pay Up to Keep Their Washington Insider!

“The Club for Growth endorsed Flake immediately after he entered the race, and they’ve raised an impressive sum on his behalf, bringing in $100,000 in the first 24 hours after giving him their backing.” (Sean Sullivan, “Flake In The Millionaire’s Club,” National Journal’s Hotline On Call, 4/4/11)

Not only does the Club for Growth pay for lavish trips for Congressman Flake, they are also his largest campaign contributors.

Even more of Congressman Flake’s money comes from Political Action Committees (PACs)

Arizona can’t afford a U.S. Senator beholden to anyone other than the citizens of Arizona.

Jeff Flake says he’s watching out for Arizona, but in Washington he is beholden to lobbyists and special interests.

For documentation and an explanation, call Congressman Flake at 602.845.0333.

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Matt Salmon Posts Best Fundraising Quarter of Campaign in CD-5

Raises $238,216 to begin 2012, $721,155 total since announcing campaign for Congress

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district Matt Salmon today announced his campaign raised $238,216 during the 1st quarter of 2012, posting the strongest fundraising period to date for his campaign. Salmon begins the 2nd quarter with $468,641 cash on hand, and has amassed a total of $721,155 from over 1,650 individual donors since the start of his campaign to return to Congress.

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “Raising money during these tough economic times is challenging for any campaign, so I cannot be more pleased to begin the 2012 election year with my strongest fundraising quarter yet. I am honored that over 1,650 hardworking Americans have contributed to my campaign and believe in my conservative message and proven leadership. As we near August’s Republican primary election, I’ll continue to work harder than ever to earn the trust and vote from every voter in my district.”

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received the endorsements from Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).

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Bob Worsley political donations

Screenshots of political campaign donations made by Russell Pearce foe, Bob Worsley courtesy of Open Secrets and the Arizona Secretary of State website. Nothing like a little disclosure.

Tucson Businessman Dave Sitton Achieves “On the Radar” Designation

March 19, 2012 (Tucson, AZ) – Businessman Dave Sitton has achieved the “On the Radar” designation from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) it was announced today. The designation, the second step in the NRCC’s “Young Guns” program, gives congressional candidates encouragement to build up their campaigns to meet additional benchmarks which will allow them to win. The achievement of the “On the Radar” designation means that the Sitton campaign has met certain financial and organizational standards. Dave is one of three candidates to have received this designation in this election.

“We are extremely pleased to have been designated by the NRCC with the status of ‘On the Radar’ for their ‘Young Guns’ program,” stated Dave Sitton. “This designation is really recognition that we have been prepared, both financially and organizationally, with a plan for winning since day one. And while we met the criteria some weeks ago, we’re pleased to see this recognition now.”

The NRCC issued its own release: “We are looking forward to working with Dave Sitton, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position his campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Dave Sitton’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Obama-Pelosi record of spending, borrowing and taxing that Arizona families and small businesses know has failed.”

For more information visit www.davesitton.com

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New Polling Numbers for Matt Salmon in Arizona CD-5 Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2012
CONTACT: Adam Deguire

MEMORANDUM

In the race for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 5, former Congressman Matt Salmon continues to pull away from his only remaining opponent in every major element of the campaign – polling, fundraising, and endorsements. Since announcing his bid to return to Congress, Salmon has waged an aggressive campaign that has highlighted his experience, proven record and conservative principles as a public servant. As a result, two previous candidates have since dropped out of the race and Salmon has increased his lead over his remaining opponent according to the most recent poll. Furthermore, Salmon’s surge of momentum has also allowed him to outperform his opponent in fundraising by a 3 to 1 margin, and earned him several more endorsements from community officials, conservative leaders and pro-business groups.

Polling 

Arizona Opinion conducted a telephone survey of 400 likely Republican primary voters in the newly drawn Congressional District 5 on February 8-9, 2012. Here are the findings:

  • Head to head: Salmon maintains a commanding 30 point lead over his opponent in the race for the Republican nomination, with 43.0% of respondents supporting Salmon versus 13.8% supporting his opponent.
  • Name awareness: Salmon maintains a significant name ID advantage over his opponent, with 57.7% of respondents recognizing and responding to his name versus 24.7% recognizing and responding to the name of his opponent.
  • Trusted to balance the budget: By over a 2 to 1 margin, 30.8% of respondents believe Salmon is better prepared to balance the federal budget, versus 13.5% for his opponent.
  • Trusted to repeal Obamacare: By over a 2 to 1 margin, 31.8% of respondents believe Salmon is better prepared to repeal Obamacare, versus 13.5% for his opponent.
  • Trusted to secure the borders: By nearly a 3 to 1 margin, 32.3% of respondents believe Salmon is better prepared to secure the borders, versus 10.8% for his opponent.
  • Trusted to fight against special interests: By nearly a 3 to 1 margin, 32.0% of respondents believe Salmon is better prepared to stand up to Washington insiders, versus 11.0% for his opponent.

Methodology 

Arizona Opinion is an Arizona-based consulting firm with survey and other data-based research and focus groups and experience dating back to 1978. Dr. Margaret Kenski has served as a pollster for the Arizona Republican Party, Senator Jon Kyl, Congressmen Mo Udall, Jim Kolbe, and Jeff Flake, Governors Jane Dee Hull and Fife Symington, and numerous other state and local candidates. The survey had a margin of error of ±4.8% and over 85% of those surveyed said they were certain to vote in this August’s primary election.

Fundraising

  • Superior fundraising: Salmon has now raised a total of more than $500,000 for his campaign to return to Congress, out raising his opponent the past two consecutive quarters (3rd and 4th of 2011), including out raising him $152,515 to $52,434 according to the latest finance report.
  • COH advantage for the primary: Salmon currently has over $305,000 cash on hand, giving him a nearly $85,000 advantage over his opponent in money available to spend on the primary election.
  • Gaining momentum among donors: Salmon has now received contributions from over 1,200 individual donors, with more than 500 of those contributing in the last three months of 2011.

Endorsements 

  • Endorsed by local leaders: Salmon has been endorsed by East Valley mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), Gail Barney (Queen Creek), John Insalaco (Apache Junction), 4 Mesa Councilmembers, 2 Chandler Councilmembers, 7 East Valley state legislators, and Arizona Congressmen David Schweikert and Trent Franks.
  • Widely supported by conservatives: Salmon has received endorsements from nationally prominent conservatives including Senators John Thune (South Dakota), Tom Coburn (Oklahoma) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania), Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and nationally recognized conservative groups like Club for Growth PAC and Team America PAC.
  • Backed by pro-business organizations: Salmon is supported by numerous pro-business organizations including the Associated General Contractors of Arizona, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the National Association of REALTORS.

Conclusion 

Former Congressman Matt Salmon remains in strong front-runner status to win the Republican nomination for Arizona’s Congressional District 5. His remaining opponent suffers from severe disadvantages in polling, fundraising and endorsements, and these challenges will be further exacerbated as other competitive primary elections begin to dominate the Arizona political environment. Without the ability to outspend Salmon dollar for dollar in voter contact, we believe that Salmon’s opponent will be unable to make up a 30 point deficit in the polls and overcome the name awareness disadvantage he currently holds among Republican primary voters.

In the remaining months before the primary election, Salmon will continue to aggressively campaign throughout the district utilizing a strong grassroots and earned media operation, and continue to showcase his superior fundraising abilities. Given these resources, Salmon can expect to continue his surge towards the all-important “50% plus 1″ formula for electoral victory.

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