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D.C. Liberals Put Their Money Behind Richard Carmona, The Handpicked Candidate Of President Obama

Arizona Republican Party

Liberals In Washington Are Trying To Prop Up Richard Carmona’s Campaign

PHOENIX –  When President Obama phoned Richard Carmona just over a year ago to get him to run for the U.S. Senate, it was just the first of many attempts by liberal Democrats in Washington, D.C., to spread their influence onto Arizona’s voters.  Today we learned that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is spending more than a half-million dollars on television advertising trying to help Richard Carmona run away from his connection to Mr. Obama.

Additionally, not only does this money ensure that Carmona will try to protect the Democrats’ majority in the U.S. Senate – by voting for Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader – but it’s another reminder that he’ll be a reliable vote for President Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda.

“We’re just now getting a better understanding of why Democrat Richard Carmona answered ‘yes’ to President Obama’s call for him to run for office,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “This money serves as a notice that Richard Carmona will be a reliable vote for President Obama and Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid’s liberal agenda.”

BACKGROUND …

President Barack Obama & Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid Personally Recruited Richard Carmona

President Obama phones Richard Carmona 

  • “On September 23, President Obama called Richard Carmona to encourage him to run,” said one Democratic strategist.  (Alexander Burns, Obama courts Ariz. Senate candidate, may contest state ‘heavily’, Politico, 10/06/11)
  • Carmona is one of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favorite candidates and was personally courted by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get into the race.  (David Catanese, Bivens clears the way for Carmona, Politico, 3/27/2012)
  • Obama personally called Carmona and asked him to run, and Carmona told The Hill in February that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other top Democrats were also among those who reached out to court him. (Josh Lederman, Democrat Bivens drops out of Arizona Senate primary, clearing way for Carmona, The Hill, 3/27/2012)

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Proposition 121 Corrupts Arizona’s Election System

Well before Election Day, voters throughout Arizona need to get the message that Proposition 121 is a hoax, a major fraud designed to convince citizens that the measure will open the political system to more candidates and voters.

Mislabeled the Open Elections Open Government initiative, the measure does the exact opposite. It is the Closed Elections Closed Government initiative. Arizona voters must not be fooled.

A close look at Proposition 121 reveals a cynical scheme that will eliminate voter choice, foster political corruption and advance extremists by abolishing party primaries and eventually destroy political parties themselves.

Proponents of 121 want to hijack the political system so they can elect candidates of their own choosing and take candidate selection out of the hands of the voters. Unable to compete in the primary system as it exists, they propose an end to the system that has served voters well for decades.

The proposition would abolish party primaries and establish one primary open to all candidates and all voters. The top two finishers in the primary would face off in the general election. Party identification by candidates would be optional.

That is the real flaw in Proposition 121. Voters would have no way to verify the accuracy of  a candidate’s party identification. With no party primary system to verify candidate identification, the system would be open to sham candidates hand picked and financed by special interests out to fool the voters.

What is worse, millions of voters could be left with no choice in a general election if the top two primary finishers represented the same party. With nowhere to turn on Election Day, voter turnout would plummet as citizens would simply give up and stay home.

This already has happened in California where there will be 28 elections this fall with no voter choice due to top two primaries.  Contrary to top two primary advocates, voter turnout was not up in the state’s June primaries and the primaries did not produce more so-called moderate candidates.

Under Proposition 121, candidates with extreme views easily could manipulate their way into a general election. Voters need only recall how the top two system in Louisiana once produced a run off between a candidate with a history of KKK leadership and a corrupt politician who was convicted and went to jail.

Proposition 121 would give political insiders and unscrupulous consultants the vehicle they want to corrupt the candidate selection process. Special interests would pour millions into primaries to elect sham candidates.

The voters need clear choices. They need confidence in the honesty of candidate identity. They need protection against corruption in the election process.

The party primary system provides these safeguards. Proposition 121 destroys them. The measure should be soundly defeated on Election Day.

Bill Montgomery charging Tom Horne; also Horne under investigation involving hit and run

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
Monday, September 1, 2012

Self-promotional video Horne made of himself pretending to be Mission Impossible
The FBI has finally released the results of its investigation into Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and turned the results over to County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Montgomery announced this morning that he will be filing civil charges against Horne, no doubt too terrified to file criminal charges after what happened to Andrew Thomas when he tried to criminally prosecute powerful public officials.
According to AZ Family:
Montgomery is initiating a civil enforcement action against Horne and Kathleen Winn, general director of community outreach for the Attorney General’s Office, for alleged campaign finance violations committed during the 2010 election cycle.
The allegations stem from an 11-month-long FBI investigation into Business Leaders for Arizona (BLA), an independent expenditure committee chaired by Winn and operated in close coordination with Horne in violation of ARS 16-917.

According to the results of the FBI’s investigation, Horne actively directed BLA’s fundraising and communications strategy with Winn in the final weeks of his 2010 campaign for attorney general. During this time period, BLA raised more than $500,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee and individual donors which paid for television advertisements advocating against Felicia Rotellini, Horne’s Democrat opponent.

After reviewing the investigation, Secretary of State Ken Bennett determined there was reasonable cause to believe Horne and Winn’s actions violated civil statutes governing independent expenditures and directed the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to initiate an enforcement action pursuant to its statutory authority.

The Arizona Republic reported this:

Two of Horne’s employees — one a longtime state investigator — have accused him of communicating with an independent expenditure committee during the 2010 election as it raised money to run negative ads against Horne’s Democratic opponent. State law prohibits coordination between candidates and independent expenditure committees. Those who violate laws governing independent expenditure committees can face stiff financial penalties.

Horne’s employees alleged he communicated regularly with Winn, chairwoman of the Business Leaders for Arizona, as she solicited money from Horne’s brother-in-law in California and GOP supporters across the Valley.

In June, state criminal investigator Margaret “Meg” Hinchey said she had obtained information that Horne collaborated with the independent expenditure committee. Hinchey turned witness statements and other evidence over to the FBI, which began an investigation in January.

A separate complaint filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office by another Horne employee and former political ally alleged Horne helped funnel $115,000 from his brother-in-law to the committee and promised a job to Winn as a reward for her work on the committee. Horne has vehemently denied the allegation, and points out he first offered Winn’s position to someone else.
Previously, Horne has said that Winn, in December 2009, filed paperwork to create Business Leaders for Arizona to oppose Thomas, who ran against Horne in the primary election. Horne said that although Winn filed the paperwork, there was no independent expenditure during the primary.

“The conduct in question is expressly prohibited by Arizona’s election laws and we will work to hold those responsible accountable,” Montgomery said in a media release.

Click here for the AZ Family article.

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Richard Carmona Visits DC for Anniversary of Obama’s Phone Call Recruiting Him to Run

Arizona Republican Party

Arizona Republican Party Sends Bouquet to Carmona to Celebrate Important Anniversary

Obama Phones Carmona

PHOENIX – What a difference a year makes!  Just one year ago — September 23, 2011 — Richard Carmona received a phone call from President Obama who encouraged the Tucson resident to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate.  Carmona responded enthusiastically, and for the past year has busily embraced the liberal agenda of the Obama Administration on every issue from taxes, healthcare, abortion, to the redistribution of wealth — all while collecting campaign checks from liberal interest groups and Senate Democrats like Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer.

In recognition of the anniversary of Obama’s call recruiting Carmona, the Arizona Republican Party sent a bouquet of carnations to Carmona’s campaign office in Phoenix.  Carnations are the traditional symbol of the first anniversary of an important event.

“While Arizona is suffering from devastating unemployment and higher taxes from Obama’s healthcare plan, Richard Carmona is jet-setting around Washington, DC, and rubbing elbows with wealthy liberals who are only going to make things worse,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “President Obama and his liberal cohorts have failed this country once already and Richard Carmona is part of their plan to do it again.”

BACKGROUND…

Richard Carmona Is The Handpicked Candidate Of President Barack Obama 

“On September 23, President Obama called Richard Carmona to encourage him to run,” said one Democratic strategist.  (Alexander Burns, Obama courts Ariz. Senate candidate, may contest state ‘heavily’, Politico, 10/06/11)

Carmona is one of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favorite candidates and was personally courted by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get into the race.  (David Catanese, Bivens clears the way for Carmona, Politico, 3/27/2012)

And Has Taken Money From Numerous Liberals Like Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Al Franken  

  • Harry Reid’s Searchlight PAC Has Given Democrat Richard Carmona $10,000. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 5/30/12)
  • Al Franken’s Midwest Values PAC Has Given Democrat Richard Carmona $10,000.(Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 5/30/12)
  • Chuck Schumer’s Impact PAC Has Given Democrat Richard Carmona $10,000. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 5/30/12)

President Obama Promised The Stimulus Would ‘Create Or Save’ 3.5 Million Jobs 

ASSOCIATED PRESS:  The Obama administration is defending its claim that the $787 billion economic stimulus plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs before 2011 even while conceding that unemployment will likely continue to rise beyond its earlier predictions.  (Stimulus plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs, White House says, Associated Press, 05/11/09)

Poverty and Unemployment Now Lasting Hallmarks of Obama Administration

  • In 2011, the official overall poverty rate was 15.0 percent. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in the U.S. (“Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011″United States Census Bureau, Figure 4 and Table 3)
  • National unemployment rate for August 2011 is 8.1% (News Release, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 9/7/2012)
  • Household income nationally in 2011 was 8.1% lower than in 2007 (“Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011″ United States Census Bureau, Figure 1 and Table A-1)

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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) 

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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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