Bob Stump: Why is Airbnb funding a group attacking Arizona Republicans?

All you Airbnb fans take heed! The company has decided to inject itself into Arizona politics by funneling dark money against Republicans. In this letter, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump hits back with an email to Arizona legislators.

Bob StumpDear Honorable Member:

It is rare for me to contact you as a private citizen and former colleague. I believe this issue is important enough to merit it.

An extremist far-left organization, Checks and Balances, is active again in Arizona. Yet again, it is attacking elected Republicans.

I fully expect Republican members of the House and Senate to be next.

Airbnb, which has enjoyed a friendly regulatory environment in Arizona thanks to you, is funding Checks and Balances. According to Penn State’s Daily Collegian, “Airbnb representative Nick Papas said Airbnb supports the work CBP does.”

What exactly is this “work”? Smearing, suing or harassing Arizona Republican officeholders such as Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, members of the Arizona Corporation Commission — including four Commission chairs — and yours truly.

Consider the “work” of the group Airbnb supports financially:

In an act of pure malice, Checks and Balances published my mother’s private mobile number on the Internet.

At a cost of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and staff time, and with the help of Democratic activist Dan Barr, Checks and Balances sued the Arizona Corporation Commission in an attempt to break the chain of custody of my phone and publish private text messages to my family and friends. Despite Checks and Balances’ conspiratorial fantasies, I was vindicated in court: Two judges determined that nothing retrieved from my phone met the definition of a public document.

Undeterred by losing in court every single time, Checks and Balances has taken to the pages of the Arizona Capitol Times to attack Arizona Corporation Commission Chair Tom Forese and Commission legal counsel Tim LaSota, who defended me in court.

Until recently, SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar rooftop leasing company, sponsored Checks and Balances. SolarCity’s aim was to attack and sue sitting regulators nationwide, in an attempt to alter regulatory outcomes and thereby enhance SolarCity’s bottom line.

SolarCity was shamed into withdrawing their support for Checks and Balances.

It is past time for Airbnb to follow SolarCity’s lead and cease funding a mercenary band of character assassins which exists to intimidate citizens at the behest of its corporate sponsors.

Airbnb’s CEO, Brian Chesky, ignored my letter to him, written when I was a sitting member of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Perhaps he will be more responsive to you.

I would suggest you contact Mr. Chesky and his lobbying team and ask why Airbnb is funding an unsavory group that sues and smears Arizona Republicans.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. And thank you for your service to our great state.

Sincerely yours,

Bob Stump

Former member and Health Committee Chair, Arizona House of Representatives (2002-2008)
Former Commissioner and Commission Chair, Arizona Corporation Commission (2008-2017)

Congressman Andy Biggs Submits Two Amendments for the REINS Act

Washington, DC (January 4) – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05) announced that he had submitted two amendments to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 (REINS Act). The REINS Act seeks to restore oversight authority to Congress for any major federal regulation that could potentially cost the U.S. economy at least $100 million. Congressman Biggs also testified in front of the House Rules Committee on behalf of his two amendments this afternoon.

“I am pleased to have offered up two amendments to the REINS Act and to have defended the amendments in the Rules Committee,” Biggs said. “Many small businesses and individuals in my district have been negatively affected by the ripple effect caused by an out-of-control rules-making process by unelected and unaccountable federal bureaucrats. I promised my constituents that I would strongly support the REINS Act, and I have kept my promise. I will continue to push for the passage of the REINS Act to ensure that Congress takes back this very-important job of rule-making oversight.”

Watch Congressman Biggs’ testimony in front of the Rules Committee.

Congressman Biggs offered the following two amendments to the REINS Act:

Amendment #4: Defines all rules promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency as “major.”

Amendment #5: Lowers the annual economic effect threshold for a major rule from $100,000,000 to $50,000,000.

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.

Christine Jones – Conservative Business Leader For Congress

When you want problems in government fixed, you send a businessperson to do the job. This has been the successful solution since the Founding Fathers set our country in motion and it’s still a successful strategy today.

Individuals from the business community know best how to balance budgets, deal with government regulations and most important, how to create jobs and prosperity.

Government does not create prosperity. Government sucks resources out of the economy, creates deadweight losses and does a horrible job of providing services that the private sector can provide much more efficiently. With the exception of certain public goods such as defense, law enforcement, justice, etc., government is a drag on the economy and a burden on the lives of free individuals.

Here in Arizona, we’ve seen an example of great leadership coming out of the private sector business community.

Governor Doug Ducey started his service in executive leadership in 2011 as Arizona State Treasurer. Prior to that, he started out as a successful entrepreneur and CEO who grew a small ice cream shop from the ground up into a nationwide franchise. Since elected as Governor, Doug Ducey has been successful reforming, consolidating and downsizing government and getting it out of the way of small businesses like Uber and Air BnB. Having a successful businessman in leadership is great for the economy, creating jobs and expanding technology.

Christine Jones for CongressNow the voters of Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District have the opportunity to elect a very successful conservative businesswoman to Congress.

Christine Jones has scored success wherever she has served. As the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Go Daddy, she helped take the company from a small internet company to a giant corporation whose servers now touch one-third of all internet traffic. When she first began at GoDaddy, the company only had a few dozen employees. During her watch, she helped grow the company to over 4,000 employees – that’s over 4,000 private sector jobs contributing to the economy. And that doesn’t include the 10 million entrepreneurs and small businesses that have grown and prospered through GoDaddy’s products and services.

After leaving GoDaddy, Jones next went on to lead another Arizona success story when she accepted the position of Interim CEO of Great Hearts Academies. There, she oversaw the tremendous accomplishments of thousands of students on the road to college and successful careers.  This role also testifies to her strong understanding and commitment to education and how a quality education is inherently linked to jobs and the economy.

Christine Jones is no stranger to success. Unlike her opponents, who have spent their careers being assimilated into government and politics, Christine Jones possesses a healthy resistance to growing government and becoming another career politician.

This election year, the voters should take the opportunity to send another real Arizona success story to Congress. Christine Jones is a conservative business leader who has proven she knows how to grow small business, create thousands of jobs, control the growth of government and get government spending under control.

This August the voters have a real choice between a handful of career politicians or a successful private sector businesswoman in Christine Jones. Let’s hope they choose the latter.

Arizona small business owners applaud Governor Ducey’s balanced budget plan

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Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, issued the following statement this afternoon on the release of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed state budget.

“Arizona small-business owners appreciate the courage and care Gov. Doug Ducey has shown in crafting his bold balanced budget plan. It’s refreshing that we have a governor willing to make the tough decisions that reflect the priorities of regular Arizonans rather than special interests.

“Governor Ducey’s plan eliminates the current budget deficit and re-establishes a structurally-balanced budget by Fiscal Year 2016-2017. And he accomplishes this seemingly impossible goal with no tax increases while also sustaining classroom spending. Amazing.

“Governor Ducey has rejected bogus budgeting that looks balanced in the hazy florescence of bureaucratic custom only to be revealed in the sunlight as being written in red ink. He has made the kind of tough choices that most small-business owners had to make during the Great Recession in order to survive, including a hiring freeze, reducing administrative expenses and consolidating operations.

“Coupled with his bold regulatory reform agenda announced in his State of the State address, Governor Ducey’s balance budget plan further demonstrates to small-business owners and entrepreneurs that they can trust that the state of Arizona is clearly on the side of economic growth and job creation rather than entrenched bureaucracies and special interests.”

With 350,000 dues-paying members nationwide, including more than 6,000 in Arizona, the National Federation of Independent Business is America’s largest and leading small-business association.

Arizona Small Businesses “Thrilled, Inspired” by Governor Ducey’s Regulatory Proposals

NFIBforwebPHOENIX, Ariz., January 12, 2015 — The following is a statement from Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), reacting to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s first State of the State Address:

“Arizona small business owners are thrilled and inspired by Governor Doug Ducey’s bold initiative to make Arizona the best place in America to work and do business.

“Governor Ducey’s new regulatory moratorium and top-to-bottom review of regulations throughout state government are exactly what an all-too-often beleaguered small business community has been counting on him to pursue and deliver.

“In his State of the State Address today, Governor Ducey again demonstrated that he grasps how burdensome and job-killing over-regulation can be for small business’ ability to survive, let alone grow and prosper. Adding a small business owner to his Regulatory Review Council will help ensure his commitment to reducing timeframes for permits and licenses are accomplished.

“Small business owners work very hard to comply with the mountain of regulations federal, state and local jurisdictions impose on them. It’s spectacular to hear Governor Ducey commit to eliminating bureaucratic entanglements that are outdated, irrational, unfair or destructive to free and honest enterprise in Arizona.

“NFIB is making regulatory reform and government efficiency our top 2015 legislative priority including Governor Ducey’s initiatives outlined in his State of the State, a law ensuring small business owners are made aware of their due process rights during the regulatory process as well as reforming the ‘corporate culture’ within the state bureaucracy from one that metes out harsh penalties to one that assists our small business job creators with regulatory compliance.”

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For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Small Business Backs Wendy Rogers for Congress

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Entrepreneurial experience, pioneering career make her Main Street’s choice

The political action arm for America’s voice of small business today announced its endorsement of entrepreneur and pioneer Wendy Rogers for Congress over incumbent Kyrsten Sinema.

“Wendy Rogers knows first-hand the rewards of building a successful enterprise, the duty of making payroll, the challenge of government regulatory compliance and the profound responsibility for the economic fates of as many as 100 employees and independent contractors affiliated with her small business,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

“The same pioneering spirit she exhibited as one of the first 100 women pilots in the U.S. Air Force showed up again in her willingness to work as hard as any candidate I have ever seen, knocking on thousands of doors in neighborhoods across her district in 100-plus degree Arizona temperatures.”

Rogers is the owner of a home inspection business, and is an NFIB member. The endorsement of Rogers (9th District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Arizona.

“Congresswoman Sinema earned only a 30 percent voting record on 10 issues vital to Main Street in the 113th Congress,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political and grassroots. “That is not a way to treat the people who employ more working Americans than big business, big labor or big government ever will. The engine of our economy will run much smoother with Wendy Rogers in Congress.”

Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.

“Small businesses significantly impact Arizona’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.1 percent of all employers and employ 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 495,227 in 2010. Most of Arizona’s small businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

NFIB Endorses Andy Tobin for Congress

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His pro-small-business record in Legislature made him the clear choice

Calling his eight years in the Legislature “the high-water mark for pro-small-business policy advances,” the nation’s largest and leading small-business association today endorsed Andy Tobin for Congress over incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick.

“Andy Tobin’s four-terms in the Arizona House of Representatives represented this generation’s high-water mark for pro-small business policy advances,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “He justifiably deserves a fair amount of credit for those victories, because for most of those years, he was in the House majority leadership, including three years as the House Speaker. Historic cuts to personal and corporate income tax rates, trimming of the commercial and industrial property tax burden, doubling of the exemption on equipment and machinery taxes, simplification of sales tax administration, capital gains tax reduction and faster accelerated depreciation are only the top pro-free market tax policies that became law under Andy Tobin’s tenure in leadership. Regulatory reform, employment law improvements and modest advances in curbing lawsuit abuse were also hallmarks of his record. And all this occurred during one of the deepest and most persistent economic recessions in Arizona history.”

During Tobin’s eight years in the Arizona House, he earned a 96 percent voting record with NFIB, siding with Main Street job creators on 43 of 45 issues. The endorsement of Tobin (1st District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Arizona.

“For every session of Congress, we make it vividly clear what bills will be helpful or harmful to the nation’s small businesses,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political and grassroots, “and every representative and senator knows we are keeping a scorecard. Congresswoman Kirkpatrick earned only a 30 percent voting record on 10 issues vital to Main Street in the 113th Congress. That is no way to treat the people who employ more working Americans than big business, big labor or big government ever will. The engine of our economy will run much smoother with Andy Tobin in Congress.”

Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.

“Small businesses significantly impact Arizona’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.1 percent of all employers and employ 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 495,227 in 2010. Most of Arizona’s small businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Small Business Backs McSally for Congress

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Arizona Second Congressional District Republican nominee Martha McSally meets with small business owners this week in Sierra Vista where NFIB’s Farrell Quinlan announced the small business organization’s endorsement of McSally’s campaign for Congress.

NFIB says incumbent’s votes not aligned with Main Street

Claiming he has abandoned his small-business roots, America’s largest and leading small-business association today endorsed challenger Martha McSally for Congress over incumbent Ron Barber.

“On 10 key votes vital to small business since his election in 2012, Congressman Barber has sided with Main Street enterprises only three times, and those three votes were popular and bipartisan enough to make them safe for anyone to support.” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “Two of his seven bad votes in particular stand out: His opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would have allowed private-sector employees to choose between taking time-and-a-half compensatory time as payment for over-time, and his opposition to prohibiting the notoriously employer-hostile National Labor Relations Board from making any decisions until the constitutionality of the current board had been addressed by the courts. Apparently the glitter and glamour of Washington D.C. has made him forget his small-business roots here on Main Street, Arizona.”

The endorsement of McSally (2nd District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee, and based on interviews and answers to a questionnaire. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Arizona and 1,149 in the Second Congressional District.

In addition to today’s endorsement, NFIB launched a digital ad campaign urging voters to support Martha McSally, as well as a House candidate webpage on its National Election Center website. Voters can find tools on the website that make it easy to volunteer, donate and support Martha McSally. The effort is part of the NFIB’s Vote for Main Street campaign.

“We were impressed with the high priority Martha McSally places on getting America’s fiscal house in order, repealing Obamacare and her understanding that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses. They have different difficulties in remaining solvent,” said Quinlan. “She will be a much better representative for the people who employ the majority of Americans and generate almost every new job.”

Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.

“Small businesses significantly impact Arizona’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.1 percent of all employers and employ 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 495,227 in 2010. Most of Arizona’s small businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Mark Brnovich is Small Business’ Choice for Top Cop

Eighty-nine percent polled favor ex-gaming chief over former top banking regulator

PHOENIX, Ariz., Sept. 10, 2014 – Appreciating that the state’s attorney general is our last line of defense against the overreach of an aggressive federal government, Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsement of Mark Brnovich for Arizona’s next attorney general.

“Arizona’s job creators trust Mark Brnovich to enforce the law and protect our communities,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “Arizona’s entrepreneurs are confident Mark Brnovich will foster a safe and secure environment and ensure a level playing field so our small businesses can thrive.”

This poll of 379 Arizona small-business owners was conducted by NFIB between August 28 and September 4, 2014.

This poll of 379 Arizona small-business owners was conducted by NFIB/Arizona between August 28 and September 4, 2014.

The Brnovich endorsement is the 7,000-Arizona-member-strong, small-business advocacy group’s first endorsement in the attorney general’s race in more than a decade. The decision to endorse was largely driven by the results of a survey of small-business owners that revealed a decisive favorite. In that survey, former federal prosecutor and ex-Gaming Department chief Mark Brnovich received 89 percent support to former top state banking regulator Felecia Rotellini’s 11 percent in the poll of 379 Arizona small-business owners conducted by NFIB August 28 to September 4, 2014.

“As Arizona’s next attorney general, Mark Brnovich will provide solid legal advice to state regulatory agencies in order to prevent overreach, regulatory bullying of small-business owners and to ensure state agencies aren’t acting on bad or inaccurate legal advice,” Quinlan said.

The formal endorsement of Mark Brnovich was made by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the political action committee of NFIB members in Arizona.

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Republican Attorney General nominee Mark Brnovich discusses small business issues today at the NFIB/Arizona Small Business Forum in Phoenix. Earlier in the day NFIB/Arizona announced its endorsement of Brnovich and reported that 89% of small business owners polled supported the election of the former federal prosecutor.

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Doug Ducey is Small Business’ Choice for Governor

Nine in 10 entrepreneurs surveyed prefer state treasurer over former regents’ chairman

PHOENIX, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2014 — Reflecting small-business owners’ nine-to-one preference of Doug Ducey over Fred DuVal to be our next governor, Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsement of Doug Ducey for governor.

“In a clear and booming voice, Arizona’s job creators say Doug Ducey is small-business’ choice for governor in 2014,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Poll of 379 Arizona small business owners conducted by NFIB August 28 to September 4, 2014.

Poll of 379 Arizona small business owners conducted by NFIB August 28 to September 4, 2014.

State Treasurer Doug Ducey received 90.4 percent support to former Board of Regents Chairman Fred DuVal’s 9.6 percent in a poll of 379 Arizona small-business owners conducted by NFIB August 28 to September 4, 2014.

The formal endorsement of Doug Ducey was made by the Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Arizona small business owners overwhelmingly recognize and appreciate Doug Ducey’s successful business experience and bold political leadership and view them as the essential qualities needed in our next governor,” said Quinlan.

“Whether it’s because of his wise stewardship of more than $12 billion in state assets as state treasurer or rising to the challenge of leading the underdog ‘NO on 204’ campaign to stop a permanent one-cent sales tax increase, Doug Ducey has earned the trust and confidence of the backbone of Arizona’s economy—our small-business owners. NFIB is proud to endorse Doug Ducey for governor of Arizona and look forward to working with him and his administration to kick start job creation in Arizona.”

UPDATE: Doug Ducey’s statement today regarding NFIB/Arizona’s endorsement of this campaign for governor:

“Small businesses are a cornerstone of a growing economy and my opportunity agenda, and I’m honored to add NFIB’s support to my growing coalition,” Doug Ducey said. “As your governor, my business priorities will include fewer regulations, lower taxes and a reformed tax code to ensure small businesses have every opportunity to thrive.”

Doug Ducey discuss how to kick start our economy at the NFIB/Arizona Small Business Forum in June.

Doug Ducey discuss how to kick start the state’s economy at the NFIB/Arizona Small Business Forum in June.

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.