Andy Biggs Takes Aim at Don Stapley, Christine Jones Shows Biggs, Stapley as Career Pols

Saturday, East Valley voters in CD-5 were treated to another attack mailer by the Andy Biggs campaign. This time, the target was former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley.

In the mailer, Biggs lands three hits on Stapley.

First, Biggs shows that Stapley supported liberal Democrat Mary Rose Wilcox with a $1,000 donation. Wilcox was outspoken in her support for Obamacare, The DREAM Act and expanding restrictions on gun owners.

Second, Biggs claimed Stapley opposed conservative. He cites an article by Mike Sunnucks in which Supervisor Stapley voted and missed votes denying money to Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fight illegal immigration.

The final blow comes when Biggs’ campaign revisits the multiple corruption charges against Stapley. They cite an Arizona Republic article in which Stapley used more than $80,000 in campaign funds for personal use including a lavish vacation to Hawaii, furniture and hair plugs. One other reference includes an Arizona Republic article in which Stapley was indicted on 118 counts of fraud and theft.

Here’s a copy of the hit piece:

Andy Biggs Mailer

Andy Biggs Mailer

Surprisingly, the Biggs campaign did not use the mugshot photo of Don Stapley on its mailer.

Just as Biggs’ mailer hits households across the district, the Jones for Congress campaign puts out another political ad drawing attention to both Biggs and Stapley’s troubling records as career politicians.

In her ad, “Out of Touch,” Christine Jones calls out Andy Biggs and Don Stapley as career politicians who have lost touch with the people they are supposed to serve.

The ad show Stapley as too liberal on the issue of immigration and a supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens. Jones also reminds viewers that Stapley was arrested for using campaign money for personal vacations and luxury gifts.

The Jones campaign then turns its attention to Andy Biggs revealing that Biggs is on official government record for taking lobbyist gifts. But most disturbingly, Biggs single-handedly blocked a law to protect children from sexual predators, putting pimps and johns ahead of child protection. A March 30, 2007 Arizona Republic column is cited in the ad.

Here is the Jones for Congress political ad:

Primary Election day is just over a week away as candidates scramble for every vote. Recent polls show the race is very close.

If you’re like us, you will probably be voting for the non-career politicians this year. Washington has enough politicians who have messed up our political system. Rewarding local politicians with a vote to Washington won’t improve our lives. This election, send a conservative business leader to fix the problem. On Election Day, vote for Christine Jones for Congress.

 

Christine Jones Release New Campaign Ad, ‘Gaggle’

(Gilbert, AZ) – Today, the Jones for Congress campaign released its latest commercial, “Gaggle,” in the Republican Primary race for CD-5.

The ad features a gaggle of career politicians competing for attention contrasted against successful conservative business leader, Christine Jones. In the ad, Jones asks the gaggle if they have created any jobs or balanced any budgets. They haven’t. She also discloses she hasn’t taken any special interest money. The career politicians clamor that they have. The ad is an accurate portrayal of the CD-5 race.

Jordan Ray, manager for the campaign remarked, “This ad hits the nail on the head when comparing Christine Jones to the current gaggle of career politicians in this race.” Ray continued, “Christine is a true-life success story. She’s helped create thousands of jobs, balanced budgets and helped grow a major technology company. She’s exactly who our congressional district needs.”

Frank Schmuck Questions Jeff Dial’s Military Record in Political Ad

Conservative Republican Frank Schmuck released a new digital ad today questioning the military service of Jeff Dial. Dial is seeking reelection to the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 18.

The ad references Dial’s admission that his military service was characterized as “unsatisfactory participation” due to his weight, but the Schmuck campaign cites military regulations for an accurate definition.

According to regulations, “unsatisfactory participation” is due to “disobeying military orders” or not showing up for duty or “Absence Without Leave” or AWOL.

Earlier this week, the Schmuck campaign asked Jeff Dial to release his DD-214, the official document issued by the Department of Defense certifying release of discharge of active military service.

Dial has refused to release his DD-214 and instead has only provided a DD 256, which only certifies completion of a term as a reservist. The DD Form 256 is not used to determine if someone is a veteran in part because it can be purchased online with no verification of military service required and because active dates of service must be listed to qualify.

Dial and Schmuck will square off in the August 30th Primary Election.

Links:

http://www.military-certificates.com/Cert_Army_Honorable_discharge.htm

http://www.cem.va.gov/hmm/discharge_documents.asp

Don Stapley – Documented to have been a skunk

Earlier this week the Jones for Congress campaign released the following video:

The two articles mentioned in the video come from the Arizona Republic and question the ethics of former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley.

The first article is fairly damning to Stapley who accepted $140,000 in dark money contributions in order to secure a national non-profit position. Some of the individuals and businesses benefited from votes Stapley made as County Supervisor.

Supervisor Don Stapley used money he took from businesses and individuals to buy expensive personal items, and some of those donors benefited from votes he cast as a Maricopa County board member, records examined by The Arizona Republic show.

Donors from 2004 to 2008 gave about $140,000 to an unregulated campaign fund Stapley had created when he sought an uncontested, volunteer position with the non-profit National Association of Counties (NACo). At least $86,000 was spent on personal items, including a Hawaii trip, luggage and a Bang & Olufsen video and sound system, banking records indicate.

Stapley says he committed no crime and there were no rules requiring disclosure or restrictions on how the money could be spent. Donors said the contributions were unrelated to Stapley’s votes in favor of contract proposals or land-use changes they had before the board.

But ethics experts and a former county supervisor said Stapley’s actions were inappropriate. Under the county’s ethics policy, his solicitation and acceptance of major gifts from those doing business with the county would be grounds for dismissal were he an employee instead of an elected official. And had he sought the money for a regulated election campaign, state law would have prohibited him from using contributions for personal use.

“It’s an ethical issue,” said Tom Freestone, an East Valley icon and longtime Stapley friend who is a former county supervisor. “If you are going to raise money just so you can spend it on yourself, you should declare it a little charity. You shouldn’t vote on something, because it can be construed as a bribe. It used to be people would run with honor.”

 Stapley used a letter written by a land-use attorney to explain to donors that their contributions were legal and they would not be identified.

Stapley, who earns $76,600 annually as a supervisor and represents the East Valley, was first elected in 1993. The Republican began asking for money for his NACo bid in December 2004, when he told donors in a letter he needed more than $150,000 for a “national campaign.”

Steven A. Betts, then a land-use attorney who advised GOP politicians on campaign finance, wrote an opinion a few months earlier saying Arizona campaign-finance laws didn’t apply to the NACo campaign. Stapley used the letter to assure donors that there were no giving limits and that they would not be publicly identified.

About 50 friends, lobbyists and big businesses gave amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to $25,000, and Stapley nearly met his fundraising goal. Records show five donors who gave a total of $35,000 later did business with the county, while two did business with the county and then gave a combined $7,000.

Donors said they wanted to help Stapley land an influential national position.

“We wanted him to win,” said Rusty Bowers, government-relations director for the Arizona Rock Products Association, which gave Stapley $5,000 in April 2005. “He needed support, and it was totally legal.”

Less than a month later, Stapley moved to award a $1 million county contract for some of the association’s members who won a competitive bid.

Similarly, Stapley took part in a unanimous Board of Supervisors vote to extend a $184,450 contract for Millett Family Properties for office space. He had received a $2,000 contribution from Millett six months earlier. Millett could not be reached.

So how did Stapley evade the ethics of taking gifts? An ethics policy that applies to all county employees did not apply to Don Stapley.

Maricopa County has an ethics policy for its 13,000 employees. They are prohibited from using their positions for personal gain and from soliciting or accepting gifts. They also aren’t allowed to vote on a contract or service in which they have an interest.

The policy, however, does not apply to Stapley or other board members because, according to Elizabeth Yaquinto, county workforce management and development director, supervisors technically are not employees.

The ethics policy was approved unanimously by supervisors in 1997.

While it does call for elected officials to maintain “unquestionable standards of high personal integrity,” supervisors must only “aspire” to follow the policy, County Manager David Smith said.

The county has cited a violation of ethics as one of the reasons to fire 51 employees and suspend 30 others since 2005, when Stapley received most of his financial gifts.

Other county supervisors declined comment on Stapley’s actions. But Freestone, the former county supervisor, was blunt in his criticism.

Freestone said elected officials never should take gifts, especially large ones, from those they govern, and he said there should not have to be “laws to tell us what is right and wrong and what is decent.”

Read the full article by JJ Hensley and Craig Harris HERE.

The second article cited in the video is an opinion piece written by conservative Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb. In his column Robb calls Stapley a skunk for his political machinations as a county supervisor and how he used his office for personal gain.

During the ruction, it became public that Stapley set up a fund ostensibly to run for office in the National Association of Counties. Contributors to it were people who do business with the county.

However, Stapley instead spent a majority of the funds on personal stuff for him and his family. In other words, he leveraged his elected office for personal enrichment.

Stapley wasn’t charged with a crime. But he was pretty much documented to have been a skunk.

A sensible person would have taken the settlement money for the Arpaio-Thomas abuse and retreated from public life. Instead, Stapley says he’s just the man to represent the East Valley in Congress.

Read the full column by Robert Robb HERE.

Don Stapley Mugshot

Don Stapley Mugshot

Three years have passed since Don Stapley left office and he probably thinks the stench of his prior problems has faded in the memory of voters. Now he’s running for a higher office that requires the utmost of personal and professional ethics to serve. We don’t believe in rewarding bad behavior especially for career politicians who can’t distinguish ethical boundaries and conflicts. We just hope the voters get a whiff of what’s happening in CD-5 before it’s too late.

Col Wendy Rogers Releases First Campaign Ad – ‘World On Fire’

Wendy Rogers

(Flagstaff, AZ) – Tuesday, Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers released her first campaign ad in the Republican primary for Arizona’s First Congressional District. The ad called “World On Fire” features recent news clips showing America and our allies under attack by radical Islamic terrorists.

In the commercial, Col Rogers pledges to shut down our border, cut off sanctuary cities and stand up for the rule of law. Like the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, Col Rogers is the strongest law and order candidate running in the race. The ad includes a still photo of Col Rogers alongside Donald Trump during a December, 2015 visit.

“Too much is as stake in this election and it’s long past due that the federal government get serious about securing our border and fighting Islamic terrorism,” Rogers said. “No other candidate in this race will fight harder to protect Americans than I,” she added.

Christine Jones Releases New Campaign Ad, ‘Cutout’

Christine Jones released a great new ad over the last few days. This cleverly captures the problem with Washington career politicians. Be sure to subscribe to the campaign’s YouTube channel.

Christine Jones for Congress

(Gilbert, AZ)Tuesday, the Jones for Congress campaign released another campaign commercial in the Republican Primary race for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District.

The ad, called “Cutout,” shows Christine Jones navigating through a room of cutout career politicians asking important questions voters want answered.

Jordan Ray, manager for the campaign said, “This ad sends a powerful message and image that Christine’s opponents are all career politicians.” He continued, “Christine Jones is the only conservative business leader in this race who has created thousands of jobs. The same cannot be said about her political competitors.”

The commercial also reaffirms Jones’ pledge to secure our borders, protect our families from terrorists and balance our budget.

View the video HERE or click on the image below:

Christine Jones Releases New Campaign Ad, ‘Overreach’

Christine Jones for Congress

(Gilbert, AZ)Tuesday, conservative business leader Christine Jones released another campaign commercial in her congressional race to win the GOP nomination in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. This marks the second ad the campaign has released in less than a month.

The ad, titled “Overreach,” reminds viewers that ineffective career politicians have failed to stop President Obama’s outrageous and overreaching executive actions. Jones then makes the case for sending a conservative outsider to fix Washington’s problems.

“This ad captures everything that’s wrong with Washington,” said Jordan Ray, campaign manager for the Christine Jones campaign. “Sending more political insiders and career politicians will not solve these problems. Sending a conservative business leader like Christine Jones is the only way we’ll be able to effectively fight ISIS, fix immigration and balance the budget,” Jordan Ray added.

View the commercial HERE or click on image below:

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Christine Jones First to Release Campaign Ad in AZ-5

Christine Jones for Congress

Conservative Business Leader Christine Jones Launches Ad Campaign

(Gilbert, AZ) – Monday, conservative business leader Christine Jones became the first candidate in the Fifth Congressional District to take to the airwaves.

The ad features Christine Jones walking through several scenes as she speaks to viewers about her experience, credentials and values.

Jordan Ray, campaign manager for Jones for Congress said, “We already have too many ineffective career politicians in Washington. As a conservative business leader and active member of the community, Christine has been successful in solving serious and complex problems. I know she will bring effective conservative leadership to fix our failed immigration policy, eliminate ISIS and get federal spending under control.”

View the commercial HERE.

Political Insiders begin attacks on conservative Christine Jones in CD-5

It hasn’t even been a week and already the dark money is flowing in attacks on conservative Christine Jones. Career politicians and political insiders must be very nervous about Jones’ entry into the GOP primary in Arizona’s 5th congressional district.

Evidence, a mysterious dark money operation sprung up on Twitter and YouTube on Thursday. The group using the name “Real Christine Jones,” put up a video taking aim at the conservative business leader, spinning, speculating and spewing lyrics in a sing along video. (Anytime you see a group spring up on social media using the word “Real” in its title, you can bet it’s anything but real or truthful.)

DarkMoneyAttackAd

Aside from the lies and nonsense of the video, this is another example of political insiders funneling money to paid political hacks to quickly attack anyone who threatens their political power.

The most important question is who paid for the production of the video and why did they not disclose that information to the public?

Hiding behind a sneaky moniker is nothing but petty and pernicious and results in a reinforcement of why the public does not trust career politicians.

We deserve better than these personal attacks. It’s time to replace career politicians with honorable citizen representatives who will actually serve instead of subterfuge.