Frank Riggs: The California Congressman Who Wants To Be Arizona Governor

Bartles and Jaymes called. They want their congressman back!

Frank RiggsThere’s one candidate in the race for Governor who claims to be an Arizona conservative but his political dossier reveals otherwise.

Frank Riggs may have relocated to Arizona in 2001 but the astute voter can clearly detect the odor of California politics emanating from the former congressman. Perhaps it’s just sour grapes.

Riggs, who tried to run for Arizona Governor in 2006, quit his exploratory bid when he realized he failed to meet Arizona’s residency requirement for the race.

Sound familiar?

Riggs pulled the same quitting maneuver in California – twice! When a Democrat state senator challenged him in his congressional re-election, Riggs quit and decided to run for the U.S. Senate instead. But then he dropped out of that race too, blaming his lack of fund-raising prowess and the long commute between northern California and D.C. (Tony Perry, “Riggs’ Money Woes Kill Longshot Bid for U.S. Senate,” Los Angeles Times, 4/10/1998)

But quitting his political races at the slightest nudge of a challenge is not the only indicator of Riggs’ lack of preparedness and commitment.

The former congressman also had a problem keeping his promises. According to the same article, “Riggs spent considerable time in his first term deflecting criticism that he reneged on a promise to turn over his congressional pay increase to charity (he ended up sending half to charity) and another pledge not to take contributions from the oil and timber industries” (read article). Why Riggs held on to the other half of his pay raise, and broke his promise to reject big industry cash, is open to speculation but it may be another indicator that the congressman simply had a problem handling money.

The same Los Angeles Times article stated that Riggs violated federal campaign finance laws and only dodged being penalized because the statute of limitations had run out: “A Federal Elections Commission audit of his 1990 campaign found that he had violated election law by improperly bankrolling his campaign with corporate money and loans from his mother, father and sister that exceeded contribution limits.” When honest people are desperate for cash, they usually buckle down their expenses and find ways to earn extra money – not bend the rules as a means of financial survival.

Frank Riggs House BankingKeep in mind, this is the same Frank Riggs who paraded himself alongside six other freshmen Republicans in 1992 as the “Gang of Seven.” You remember these crusaders. They took on the infamous House banking scandal that embroiled fellow members of Congress who had overdrawn their House checking accounts. There’s only one problem: if you’re going to place yourself on an elite pedestal, you’d better be above reproach yourself. It was later discovered that Riggs also bounced several checks as part of the scandal. Ouch!

But it must be noted that Riggs not only didn’t mind burdening others with his financial problems, he also doesn’t mind burdening small business with increased costs by voting to raise the minimum wage not once, not twice, not even three times. Congressman Frank Riggs voted for legislation to raise the minimum wage four times. That’s four opportunities Riggs missed to stand up for small business and free market economic principles. Today, of course, he claims to be an advocate for small businesses and free enterprise, which directly contradicts previous support for increasing the minimum wage. Can you say flip flop?

But wait, it gets worse! During one term of Congressman Frank Riggs tenure, he managed to sneak $35 Million of pork into bills to benefit his district. That’s right. All told, Congressman Riggs brought home the bacon in the form of university buildings and a harbor dredging project(read article). Doesn’t quite sound like the congressman who only two years earlier, signed on to the Contract with American opining about fiscal prudence and balanced budgets.

But even when Congressman Frank Riggs bothered to show up for work and vote (he missed a higher-than-average number of roll call votes, according to GovTrack), his conservative rating was mediocre at best. According to VoteSmart and the American Conservative Union, Riggs scored a lifetime conservative rating of 76%. To put that in perspective, Riggs’ lifetime conservative score was lower than every one of Arizona’s Republican delegation at the time – including Jim Kolbe.

And when Riggs makes bad votes, they’re not just minor swerves to the left – they’re major over of the cliff calamities. Take the January 12, 1991 vote authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq in accordance with US Security Council Resolution 678. Congressman Frank Riggs was one of three Republicans in the US House who voted against it. Arizona has already had its handful of unprincipled Republicans. She cannot afford another one – especially in the Governor’s office.

Anyone who performs a political credit check on Frank Riggs will easily discover that he scores far below the caliber Arizonans demand in their next governor. When our neighbors to the west leave California, they usually come here for a good reason – to leave behind the liberal California policies, values and bureaucratic regulations and red tape that strangled their businesses and finances. But, based on his record, Frank Riggs wants to bring those mediocre values to Arizona’s government. Republican voters in Arizona are smart and can sniff out the scent of a faux conservative. They should turn up their noses to candidates like Frank Riggs who cannot reconcile their rhetoric with their record.

Darryl Jacobson Barnes for Justice of the Peace

Darryl Jacobson Barnes for Justice of the Peace

Tempe Council Candidate Matthew Papke Leads The Pack In Cash On Hand

On the verge of the deadline to file for Tempe City Council tomorrow - Wednesday, May 28th - the number of candidates who have qualified for the ballot (pending any challenges) has increased to four. The list now includes left-wing activist Lauren Kuby, current council member, Robin Arredondo-Savage, Ernesto Fonseca and independent conservative activist, Matthew Papke. Both Kuby and Papke qualified for the ballot early in the process.

While Kuby may be the current favorite among liberal political circles, her latest campaign finance report reveals she is running third place when it comes to cash on hand. Slightly ahead of her is Arredondo-Savage who is seeking re-election and obviously holds an incumbent advantage.

But what is most surprising is the fundraising capacity of Matthew Papke who dwarfs his rivals with cash on hand. The non-establishment political newcomer has apparently caught lightning in a bottle raising a total of $65,742 since entering the race from a widespread base of support. According to his latest finance report, he currently has nearly $50,000 cash on hand.

What’s even more interesting is that this former US Marine is flying below the radar of both local reporters and the Republican establishment – probably because all eyes are focused on the ninth congressional district, statewide races and the multitude of legislative races.

Papke, who recently became a new father, is well-invested in the community having grown up in Tempe and now working among fellow Tempeans. His platform includes reducing the level of crime in Tempe – currently, the highest in the east valley; balancing the city budget and eliminating the tax on food (Mesa is the only east valley community with no tax on food).

Other candidates seeking the three available seats include current council member Shana Ellis, former legislator David Schapira, Republican Dick Foreman and Ernesto Fonseca.

Here are the current cash on hand tallies in the City of Tempe Council race:

Matthew Papke:    $49,034
Robin Arredondo-Savage:    $31,350
Lauren Kuby:    $30,030
Shana Ellis:    $25,124
David Schapira:    $7,232
Dick Foreman:    $3,441
Ernesto Fonseca:    $550

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Targets Obamacare Republicans

Angry with Arizona legislators who voted for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013? So is the independent expenditure committee, Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee.

Recently, the Arizona PAC began targeting Republicans who went along with the key provision of Obamacare that now inflicts Arizona. Last month, the group began calling Republican voters in legislative district 15 where Republican Representative Heather Carter was elected. Carter who sponsored the bill on behalf of Governor Brewer was unashamedly supportive of Obamacare Medicaid and made every effort to push for the expansion during the 2013 session. Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee called into the district warning voters of Carter’s vote spurring a movement to toss Carter this year. Behind the scenes, the group is asking voters not to sign her petitions nor finance her campaign.

Obamacare11Saturday, ATAC began making calls in another district, this time in the far east valley’s legislative district 16 where it has its target set on state representative, Doug Coleman. Calls are also warning voters that Coleman voted for Obama’s expansion into Arizona. Precinct committeemen are being asked to not carry Coleman’s petitions.

This strategy will also take place in other districts where Obamacare-supporting Republicans reside. Earlier this week, ATAC released its 2014 Primary list which includes house and senate members running for re-election with primary challengers.

ATAC’s efforts will certainly cost money to run calls and send mailers into each of the targeted districts and it won’t be easy as all of the Obamacare-supporting Republicans have seen their coffers filled by the healthcare industrial complex on behalf of Governor Brewer. Anyone researching the flow of campaign money sees tens of thousands of dollars being given to those Republicans who supported Governor Brewer.

“This is about corporate cronyism,” said Shane Wikfors, ATAC’s treasurer. “We knew that the hospital industry and its lobbyists were going to protect Republicans who voted for the system giving the Arizona healthcare industrial complex millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “The sad thing is that Medicaid expansion will end up hurting people more than helping them as the hospital industry benefits.”

And while ATAC sees itself as a David in a battle against Goliath, the PAC which has been around since 2006 and even won a US Supreme Court case, sees 2014 as an opportunity to send a message that Arizona lawmakers are bound to serve taxpayers and not corporate interests.

ATAC is currently accepting donations through its website at ArizonaTaxpayerAction.com or via its donation portal.

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Primary List:

SENATE TARGETS
Jeff Dial – LD-18
Bob Worsley – LD-25
Adam Driggs – LD 28

HOUSE TARGETS
Doris Goodale – LD-5
TJ Shope – LD-8
Frank Pratt – LD-8
Ethan Orr – LD-9
Heather Carter – LD-15
Doug Coleman – LD-16
Bob Robson – LD-18
Kate Brophy McGee – LD-28

 

The Official Yuma Police Report for Arizona Senator Don Shooter

While we’re airing our dirty laundry among Republican candidates, we though you’d like to review the official Yuma police report on State Senator Don Shooter. This is probably one of the reasons why Senator Shooter continues to lose support in his race for re-election.

Don Shooter Police Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also thought you might want to peruse Don Shooter’s latest campaign finance reports (January 31 Report). Here’s the list of his major PAC donors:

PAC Date Amount
AZ Dental Political Action Committee 01/02/13  $1,736.00
Salt River Project PAC 12/31/12  $1,200.00
Pinnacle West PAC 12/19/12  $1,000.00
Cox Arizona Political Action Committee Fund for Effective Leadership 01/02/13  $   500.00
Realtors of Arizona Political Action Committee 01/03/13  $   500.00
Arizona Lodging & Tourism SuperPAC 01/08/13  $   500.00
Arizona Technology Council State PAC 10/22/2013  $   450.00
Western Growers PAC AZ 10/28/2013  $   440.00
ASCPA 11/5/2013  $   440.00
Encore Capitol Group, Inc Political Action Committee 11/13/2013  $   440.00
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Political Action Committee 12/20/12  $   430.00
Az Acre Pac Grand Canyon State Electric 12/19/12  $   424.00
Wells Fargo Bank Arizona 12/20/12  $   424.00
Wells Fargo Bank Arizona 12/20/12  $   424.00
Health Government 12/27/12  $   424.00
ASCPA 01/02/13  $   424.00
Arizona Dairymen PAC 01/07/13  $   424.00
Freeport McMoran Arizona PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Fairs Industry PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Leadership Fund 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Technology Council State PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Fennemore Craig Citizens for Prudent Government 01/08/13  $   424.00
Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona PAC 01/09/13  $   424.00
Arizona ALFA Assisted Living PAC 10/28/2013  $   400.00

 

Rumors are that the Obamacare pro-Medicaid expansion industry and Governor Brewer is helping fundraise and finance his re-election campaign. Unfortunately, those revelations won’t appear until the June 30th report in several months.

This race is going to get uncomfortable for the incumbent as it probably should but as most campaign posts on Sonoran Alliance, this is where the mud flies.

Toby Farmer Calls on Don Shooter to Provide Proof of Suspicious Campaign Expenses

Toby Farmer

Toby Farmer Calls on Don Shooter to Provide Proof of Suspicious Campaign Expenses

Yesterday, Republican candidate for Arizona State Senate legislative district 13, Toby Farmer, criticized reported campaign expenses in Senator Don Shooter’s most recent campaign finance filing. The Arizona Republic recently uncovered troubling items in Shooter’s finance report, which includes:

● More than $18,000 in travel related expenses including fuel, mileage reimbursement, auto repair, and lodging.

● Over $15,000 in legal fees, including $10,100 in fees directly related to his three misdemeanor charges for barging into his grandson’s classroom and confronting a school teacher last year.

● Nearly three quarters of the $43,000 Shooter raised last cycle came from lobbyists and other special interests who have business at the State Capitol.

The Arizona Republic also uncovered that in addition to his $24,000 per year taxpayer salary, Shooter collected another $8,029 directly from taxpayers as part of his reimbursement for commuting to the Capitol to conduct legislative business. This amount is on top of the more than $18,000 he transferred from his campaign account for fuel and mileage reimbursement.

“The contents of Don Shooter’s campaign finance report are extremely troubling,” said Buckeye businessman Toby Farmer, who is challenging Shooter in the Republican Senate primary. “Senator Shooter appears to be transferring personal campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interest groups and lining his personal pockets by collecting both mileage reimbursement and gas money in addition to mileage reimbursement from the taxpayers of Arizona.”

If the Arizona Republic is correct, Senator Shooter would have driven over 30,000 miles in the last campaign cycle according to the legally binding reports he filed with authorities. Remarkably, that’s enough mileage to travel around the globe one-and-a-half times.

“Remarkably, when I speak with voters in his district in Maricopa County, no one seems to know who Don Shooter is,” said Farmer. “Mr. Shooter owes the taxpayers of Arizona and the voters of my district an explanation and proof of what he is spending this substantial amount of money on.”

Earlier this year, Don Shooter notoriously made headlines when he told a local television reporter that he wouldn’t give up free tickets from lobbyists to events like the Fiesta Bowl unless the taxpayers of Arizona gave him a pay raise.

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For more information on Toby’s campaign, please visit: www.FarmerAZ.com.

Tom Horne Looks to Settle Latest Political Scandal

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Tom Horne Looks to Settle Latest Political Scandal

Disgraced Attorney General Tom Horne’s lawyers have reportedly reached a settlement with a former employee over her claims that she was targeted because of her political beliefs and for tipping off the FBI about his illegal campaign coordination.

Meg Hinchey is a former lead investigator with the attorney general’s office and previously filed a lawsuit against Tom Horne alleging that Horne and his employees engaged in an ongoing campaign to ruin Hinchey’s law enforcement career.

Republican Attorney General candidate Mark Brnovich is calling on Horne to disclose to the taxpayers the details of the settlement before any final deal is signed by the state.

“The public has a right to know what went on inside the attorney general’s office,” Brnovich said. “Did Horne seek retribution against his former employee and now he’s reached a settlement to keep that same employee quiet? Will taxpayer money or a taxpayer-funded insurance account be used to pay this settlement?”

Brnovich added: “Tom Horne is paid to uphold the state’s laws but increasingly finds himself on the other side of the law. We need an attorney general who works with law enforcement, not one who has his personal lawyer on speed dial.”

Horne is also trying to quietly settle a serious campaign finance violation that could cost him and an employee more than $1.2 million in fines.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com

Andy Tobin Raises More Than $232,000

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January 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Andy Tobin Raises More Than $232,000

Coupled with key endorsements, campaign well prepared for 2014

Andy Tobin is proud to announce that he raised more than $232,000 during his first quarter in the race for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, which ended Dec. 31st. More than 90 percent of Tobin’s individual donations came from his fellow Arizonans.

Tobin credited the fundraising success to strong grassroots support across Arizona. Coupled with a long list of key grassroots endorsements, Tobin’s campaign enters 2014 in a strong position to defeat Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in November.

“It’s no surprise that Arizonans are enthusiastically contributing their time, energy and resources to Andy’s campaign for Congress,” said Tobin Finance Committee Chairman Jim Click. “I am thrilled with the fundraising effort so far but there’s a lot of work left to do. I urge Arizonans to continue to contribute their time and efforts to defeating Ann Kirkpatrick and electing Andy to represent our state in Congress.”

“I am so grateful to all our supporters for helping us with this early success,” said Tobin. “I know it’s a big deal to open your wallet and donate your hard-earned money. I appreciate the graciousness of those who have opened their homes to host fundraising events or who have met me for an early-morning coffee or lunch. I am thrilled to have a winning team behind me as we continue pounding the pavement throughout the district.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 27 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

ABOUT JIM CLICK:

Jim Click Jr. is Chairman of the Board of Jim Click Automotive. Click started his work-life selling cars for his uncle in Los Angeles where he was promoted to Sales Manager within 2 years. In 1971, Jim Click bought his first dealership in Tucson.

Click graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He was a scholastic All-American football player in 1966. He also was Tucson’s Man of the Year in 1982. President Bill Clinton honored him with the Presidents Award for the development of LINKAGES in 1999.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Raises $3.5 Million

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Breaks Yet another Fundraising Record

PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s re-election campaign today announced their fundraising haul for 2013. The Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio committee raised more than $3.5 million in the last twelve months, setting another record for a county race.

The committee collected over 78,000 contributions, totaling $3,550,100.87. Based on these figures, the average contribution was approximately $45.00.

The overwhelming majority (99.5%) of the contributions received were under the old limits of $450 per person before the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the new limits of $5,000 per person.

Chad Willems, Arpaio’s campaign manager, stated, “We continue to be blown away by the depth and breadth of support for Sheriff Joe. These numbers tell the story that the Sheriff and his policies are more popular than ever.”

Arpaio said, “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from so many generous people. It emboldens me to know that my supporters are there for me especially when faced with a recall election and being maliciously targeted by the federal government just for doing my job.”

He continued, “Every four years, my supporters encourage me to run for Governor. Based on these fundraising numbers and knowing I could be competitive, I will have to give it serious consideration.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was re-elected to a sixth term in November 2012.

Aaron Borders: December 23rd – Look who have joined us for dinner…

Skip cooking and Join Us for Dinner

You are cordially invited to Dinner and Fundraiser in support of
Aaron Borders, Candidate for House of Representatives in
Legislative District 29.

Guest Speaker
Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham

Hosted By
Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin,
House Majority Whip Rick Gray and Lisa Gray,
Senator Kelli Ward and Michael Ward,
and Marcus Huey!

Monday, December 23th, 2013
Haus Murphy’s

5739 W. Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and speakers will start at 6:45pm.

This is a family event, and all members of your family are invited.

Suggested donation of $20 per person and/or $50 per family

Kindly RSVP to Martin or Aaron by December 20th, 2013

If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute; Please mail to
Aaron Borders for Arizona; 5722 N. 124th Lane; Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Or Contribute online here