Press Release: Gibbons Funded by Out-of-Town Supporters

The political participants in Legislative District 18 have obviously done their homework. Back on June 30th when the campaign finance reports were turned in, we posted the reports for Kevin Gibbons and Russell Pearce. As we noted, Pearce was running under the Clean Elections system, while Gibbons was running traditional. One of the best indicators of where a candidate stands on issues is where the campaign is getting its money. Supporters of a specific agenda tend to give to a candidate who will push that agenda. It’s called special interests and political action committees (PAC’s) are the best example of this.

When we first looked at Gibbons reports we were amazed that so much money was coming in from out of the district. A large part of his contributions were coming from Yuma and specifically, individuals and groups who depend on migrant labor to farm their crops.

As I mentioned, someone actually took the time to analyze Gibbons’ reports and it just so happens to be the 1st Vice Chairman of Republicans in Legislative District 18. Today, they issued the following press release:

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2008
Contact: E. Paul Whetten,

Gibbons Funded by Out-of-Town Open Borders Supporters
District 18 1st Vice Chairman, E. Paul Whetten to Kevin Gibbons: “Give Back Money from Open Borders Advocates”

MESA – District 18 Senate Republican Candidate Kevin Gibbons claims that he has the answers for our immigration policy problems. As an immigration attorney Mr. Gibbons has a credible claim to expertise in immigration law, but one look at his list of donors shows where his loyalties in immigration policy come from.

While Gibbons says that he wants represent Mesa, only 20.6% of his donations come from people who live within the city. In fact, only 15.1% of his donations are from people in District 18. In contrast, 100% of Russell Pearce’s donors are from inside the district.

More to the point, 53 of Gibbons’ donors are out-of-town farmers from Yuma and Buckeye, with over 30% of his total donations coming from Yuma alone.  A large majority of these donations come from the farming community that is actively engaged in employing cheap labor which is against Arizona’s new employer sanctions laws. Since Mr. Gibbons would obviously better represent the views of his Yuma “constituents,” perhaps he should consider running for their senate seat.

Kevin Gibbons supports initiatives that will weaken the laws requiring the use of E-Verify. He also advocates for a guest worker program that will basically open the borders for his farm and fast food supporters who desire cheap labor. Kevin Gibbons’ policy positions are not the forward thinking policies supported by the citizens of District 18.  On the contrary, they are the failed “business-as-usual” policies that do nothing to solve our immigration problems and promote the defiance of our laws.

While Gibbons talks of “real reform” for illegal immigration, his supporters and backers tell a different story.  From former Democratic Party Chairmen to Open Border Supporters, his rhetoric does not match the real intentions of his patrons.

Russell Pearce has been a champion of the taxpayer and a nationally recognized leader on immigration issues. He has the conservative credentials and a solid track record of representing the people of District 18. Even a cursory examination of Mr. Gibbons’ list of out-of-town open border advocates and Democrat power brokers reveal who he would really represent.

If Mr. Gibbons sincerely wants to represent the citizens of District 18, I suggest that he return donations he’s received from supporters whose policies we have clearly rejected.


Hat tip to Mesa Issues for breaking the story first, which by the way, is the best blog covering local issues in Mesa!


  1. Wyf B. Ter says

    I’m sure Gibbons would love to receive more local money. Unfortunately, his supporters in the district, like domestic violence victims, don’t have money.

  2. What a lame comment! If Gibbons actually had supporters in the district, he would have money. The fact is that he is bankrolled by Friends of Janet and the open borders crowd.

  3. You can’t compare Gibbon’s donors to Pearce when Pearce is publicly funded. A quick search of Pearce’s past filings reveal that he has accepeted money from numerous out of district and even out of state donors. Pearce has also accepeted money from liquor interests, such as the AZ Licensed Beverage Assn PAC. Pearce has even accepted money from farming associations. These repeated Gibbons donor posts are a poor attempt to prop up a man who has been accused by his own wife of domestic violence.

  4. RenterJoe says


    The comparison is important. Gibbons wants to represent the people of LD18 but doesn’t have the support of the republicans in the district.

    I don’t know who is running his campaign but they have made some stuppid mistakes. I’m sure it is not his wife and I’m sure it is not him. (Maybe it is the Flake Team)

    With his families back ground in Ariozna politics he should know better! How do you NOT know who the Democratic big dogs are? Give me a break! Gibbons is bought and sold.

    He has sold his support to cheap labor and open borders.

    Joe, do you believe everything you read or see on TV. Look who is putting the stories out, New Times, those associated with the Repugnant.

  5. Renter Joe,
    I don’t believe everything I read or see on TV and the New Times is often questionable. However, there is an official court document signed by Mrs. Pearce under oath that accuses Pearce of domestic violence. If that document is not real, Mrs. Pearce has a case for slander. I have yet to hear that she is going after the New Times. Have you? Please pull your head out of the sand.

  6. I see that the Gibbons team is going to try to make hay out of these 30 year old allgations since they don’t have their own platform to stand on. I bet that the information came from Flake’s own team when they were doing research on Pearce when he threathened a challenge.

    I doubt that the folks at New Times is smart or sober enough to go back through 30 year old documents.

  7. RenterJoe says

    I believe that domestic cases are closed cases?

    If that is the case, the only one I could see as possibly having been able to get those documents would be good old brother-in-law or his staff (Mike).

    Either way Gibbons is playing dirty and by that I meaning brining his wife and kids into the mix.

    From what I has seen, Pearce hasn’t done that.

  8. The telling this about this whole situation is that it shows how empty Gibbons is. It’s one thing to compare and contrast candidates, its another to run on the “I’m not him” platform. History shows how worthless those representatives end up being.

  9. Cho K. Err says

    You are so right Roger. Gibbons is not Pearce. Gibbons doesn’t beat his wife. And running on that platform won’t be enough for him to win. Gibbons needs some substance.

  10. Uncle Tom says

    I heard Whetten was a Mexican. I bet Gibbons will use that fact against him and say that he has “pulled up the ladder” behind him. That’s low.

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