The Links between Arizona Media and Leftist Non-Profits Attacking Dark Money

There’s a story in the Arizona Republic today about [queue eerie music]… “dark money.”

LeftsTangledWebIt is basically a hit piece on conservative Sean Noble and gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey. The underlying theme is that those “evil” Koch Brothers are trying to buy the election here in Arizona because organizations that they have supported are spending money on political ads.

Because I worked for one of these organizations – which are 501(c)3 and (c)4 organizations – I am very familiar with why donors who give to these are protected and not subject to campaign finance laws. There is a good reason for that and you can ask other organizations like NAACP or AIDs research non-profits why.

What the article doesn’t tell you is that the term “dark money” was coined by a non-profit organization called the Sunshine Foundation. The biggest donor to the Sunshine Foundation is another progressive organization called the Knight Foundation. That organization receives and gives to progressive causes. They also give to journalism work like the Cronkite School at ASU and have members of the Morrison Public Policy Institute at ASU sitting on its advisory board

I imagine if I dug a little deeper I would probably discover that they have also supported work associated with the Arizona Republic. The lesson in all this is that there are two sides. You just have to decide which side you’re on.

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema trashes all of Arizona, not just ASU students, to impress out-of-state liberals [ @KyrstenSinema ]

While the Sinema campaign is in heavy spin mode following release of a video showing Sinema mocking the intellectual capabilities of ASU students – the last thing ASU graduates need employers hearing in the weak Obama Economy – a closer look at her past statements demonstrates that she has a record of criticizing all Arizonans when speaking to out-of-state liberals.

Yes, she regularly trashes the state to score points with fellow liberals, up until she reinvented herself as a moderate after this year’s Democrat Primary.

Take her 2009 book for left-wing community organizers, Unite and Conquer. The book, her how-to for liberal activists, included this blue meat for her political allies:

“Arizona is usually near the top of the list in stuff like teen birth rate and high school dropout rate and auto theft rate, but never are we first in something good….” (p. 61)

Attacks like this helped her become a frequent guest on MSDNC, but undercut her “moderate” post-Primary makeover. Nor was this a one-time gaffe. The next year, she told the liberal Washington DC newspaper Politico:

Arizona has “become the laughing stock of the nation.”

She added:

“The vast majority of Arizona is not native born and we have this very large metropolis in Phoenix of people who are from someplace else. Most people don’t feel rooted in the community.”

Don’t you just love her liberal condescension? People who chose to move to Arizona from across the country aren’t “rooted” in the state.

She also did an interview at the left-wing Netroots Nation 2010 where she warned out-of-state liberals not to be like Arizonans:

“Be careful: because if you’re laying down on the job, then your state could turn into Arizona pretty quickly.”

These attacks on the great state of Arizona may explain why she is so hot to get to Washington, DC, where she no doubt believes people are more sophisticated and more like her.

Sinema certainly loves the DC Beltway. As a State Legislator, she actually introduced a bill pushing for the DC Beltway to get a vote in Congress!

That just seems weird until you learn that it is a cause celebre in fringe-Left circles.

You see, until she won her primary this year, she had been an extreme liberal for decades. She even worked for Ralph Nader in 2000 against Al Gore because she believed Gore was too moderate. (I’m not joking – read the link.)

She has trashed Arizona, ASU students, and even Al Gore for not being extreme enough for her tastes.

But YOU get the last laugh on November 6, when you vote for Vernon Parker and force Sinema to face her worst nightmare: staying in Arizona without the ability to damage it from afar with her liberal policies.

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Kyrsten Sinema Mocks Arizona State University

Vernon Parker

“It’s a Party School”

Phoenix, AZ – In the world of politics and campaigns, it’s not surprising that mud gets thrown around. Usually it’s between candidates. But now Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has a different target – students at the state’s largest university, ASU.

In a recent video, Sinema ridicules Arizona State University calling it, “a party school”. She goes on to say that because ASU students like to party, they rarely show up prepared to the classes she teaches. She concludes by suggesting that the students are so stupid they don’t realize Wikipedia is not an appropriate source of citation.

Don’t believe it? We didn’t at first – until we saw it with our own eyes. Check it out for yourself – click here to see how Kyrsten Sinema really feels about students at ASU.

The question now: If Ms. Sinema feels this way about one of her largest group of supporters, how does she feel about all voters in CD9?

Do you really want someone who mocks you to be your voice in Washington?

*Vernon Parker sent the following letter to Michael Crow.

October 30, 2012

Michael Crow
Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705

Attention: Michael Crow

Dear Michael Crow,

My campaign has discovered a recording you need to see. In this appalling video, my opponent Kyrsten Sinema, is on record mocking students at ASU. She refers to your university as “a party school” and suggests that your students are so stupid that they don’t realize “Wikipedia is not an appropriate citation source because they believe if they read it on the internet it must be true.”

You can find the video at this YouTube link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enDAugShSWg

If Ms. Sinema has the audacity to mock students at such a prestigious university as yours, what else is she capable of? If that’s how she feels about ASU students, what does she secretly think about voters? Should she really be the person to represent ASU’s interests in DC?

As you know, education is the reason I’m here today. I put myself through college and law school with the help of my family and student loans. I believe protecting and improving education is paramount and will be one of my top priorities in Washington.

Thank you for your time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Sincerely,

Vernon Parker
Vernon Parker for Congress

Leah Campos Schandlbauer announces endorsement from former ASU Quarterback Andrew Walter

PHOENIX (July 24, 2012) – Leah Campos Schandlbauer today announced that former Arizona State University Quarterback Andrew Walter has endorsed her campaign for Arizona’s 9th District. Walter also played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

He released the following statement:

“I am endorsing Leah because she’s a proven leader who has served our country with honor and distinction in the CIA. She has shown the capacity to remain calm and think clearly in high-pressure situations. Plus, her roots are grounded in the same community she seeks to represent,” Walter said. “It’s clear Leah possesses an unparalleled understanding of both the foreign policy and economic challenges facing our country today – as well as their solutions.

“Most importantly, Leah embodies the phrase ‘public servant,’ a quality so desperately needed in Congress, where far too many of our elected officials otherwise embrace the phrase ‘self-servant.’”

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About The Campaign
In Congress, Leah will defend our free enterprise system and work to balance the budget. She has been endorsed by Citizens United Conservative Victory Fund, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI). Congressional District 9 is a new seat that includes all of Tempe and Awhatukee along with parts of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and Chandler.

About Leah
Leah served for more than a decade around the world as an operations officer for the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. Leah is a graduate of Arizona State University and attended Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa and Chandler Seton Catholic High School. Leah and her husband, Alfred, a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, have four children. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah will be a voice and vote for freedom in Congress. For more information, visit: www.leahforcongress.com.