Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Endorses Wendy Rogers

The campaign for Wendy Rogers released the following statement by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery:

“We live in troubling times. Skyrocketing debt, out-of-control spending, high taxes, terrorism, a porous border, and a growing dislike and disdain for our federal government. The only way to right the ship of state in Washington is by sending someone there who will apply sound principles of leadership with honesty and integrity.

We need someone who will lead for Arizona and who will put the interests of Arizonans first and not that of Washington lobbyists and special interests.

That’s why I am supporting Wendy Rogers for Congress in the 9th District.

Wendy has integrity – something that is lacking far too often in Congress. Her word is her bond and she follows through.

Wendy served 20 years in our military – she fought for our country nearly half her career overseas as one of the Air Force’s first woman pilots and she will fight for our new Congressional District 9 in Washington. Wendy is part of a legacy of service dating back five generations to include her father who commanded an infantry platoon in WWII, an infantry company during the Korean War, and a tank battalion during the Cold War in Europe, holding in check the forces of Communism.

Wendy is conservative. She is the only start-up business owner in District 9 and, in meeting a payroll, understands firsthand how brutal regulations can be to small business owners. She is a wife of 34 years and mother of two. Wendy is Pro Life, recognizing and respecting the inherent dignity andvalue in every human life. She will repeal Obamacare and insist on free market principles and protect the integrity of the physician-patient relationship in addressing the needs of our health care system. She is against bailouts and wasteful spending and will not mortgage the hopes and dreams of future generations to satisfy a bloated federal government today.

Bottom line – if you are a conservative like me in District 9 and you want to send a conservative to Congress whom we can trust, the only choice is Lt Col Wendy Rogers.”

– Bill Montgomery

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Endorses Jeff Flake for Senate

“Flake understands the consequences of federal inaction and what law enforcement needs to do to deal to with it.” 

PHOENIX – Jeff Flake, a conservative candidate for the United States Senate, today announced the endorsement of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

“Maricopa County, like other counties, is paying a high price for the federal government’s failure to secure the border and to stem the flow of violent crime and illegal drugs into this country,” said Montgomery. “Jeff Flake understands the consequences of federal inaction and what law enforcement needs to do to deal to with it. I support Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate because he will fight to hold the federal government accountable for its responsibilities and see that law enforcement in Maricopa County — and across Arizona — has the tools it needs to protect its residents.”

“Bill Montgomery is a stalwart against the many challenges we face and is highly respected in our community as a result,” said Flake. “I am honored to receive his endorsement and will value his counsel in holding the federal Government to account for the safety of Arizona’s citizens.”

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.

###

Please join us for a Seminar on Child Sex Trafficking

INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

Seminar on Child Sex Trafficking

Join Bill Montgomery, Maricopa D.A. and Starbright Foundation Directors Lori Regnier and
Michael Chalberg, in a discussion of what legislators and law enforcement is doing to crack
down on child sex trafficking; and what you as a community can do in the prevention, intercession
and recovery for these young victims of these crimes who cannot speak for themselves.

Bill Montgomery was elected Maricopa County Attorney in 2010 on a pledge to fight crime,
honor victims’ rights, and protect and strengthen our community. Recognizing that violent
child sexual predators cannot be rehabilitated, Bill has been an outspoken advocate for life
sentences for these offenders. He also supports GPS monitoring for other convicted child
molesters, and Internet sting operations to capture child predators before they get the chance
to victimize our children. His goal is to let would-be child predators know they will find no
safe haven in Arizona.

Lori Regnier is a volunteer for Shepherds Care Ministries where she helps survivors of
sexual abuse. Lori has 2 years of experience in security/protection. Also, as the President of
Child Enrichment Programs, Inc., Lori strived to help underprivileged youth in our valley
and their families in need. She has expanded her interest in the wellbeing of children to the
Starbright Foundation where she pledges to be a positive role model and will assist in
rescuing endangered children from abusive situations. Recently in 2011, Lori was chosen as
one of Arizona’s “Top 30 Women of Courage” for making a positive change in the lives of
children and families in Arizona.

Michael E. Chalberg is pastor and cofounder of Shepherds Care Ministries and has served in
Christian ministries for the last 30 years. These last 17 years in Pastoral Counseling have
revealed the need for a more focused ministry to help the children trapped in ongoing sexual
abuse through human trafficking across our nation. He founded Starbright Foundation with
fellow volunteers to fight against this rising problem. He hopes to increase public awareness
of child sexual abuse and trafficking through education to generate community involvement
in the prevention of this growing social problem.

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Scottsdale Bible Church Room E210 (Main Campus)
Address: 7601 E. Shea Blvd.,  Scottsdale, AZ

Doors open at 6:00 pm (meet and greet)

Refreshments served

Cost: $10 per person

Payment can be made at the door.  Our online paypal service is temporarily down.

Please RSVP to honey@arizonamainstreamproject.org or 602-425-7267 if attending.

For additional information or questions, email Honey Marques, Executive Director at honey@arizonamainstreamproject.org or call 602-425-7267

Bill Montgomery Speaking this Wed. at NE Valley Pachyderm Coalition

 

Join County Attorney Bill Montgomery this Wednesday evening at the NE Valley Pachyderm Coalition meeting. It will be a great opportunity to hear from a leading county official. He is a dynamic speaker who always has interesting and relevant information to share. Plus, with our extended question and answer time, you can find out about things of particular interest to you.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Howard Levine at 480-577-4168 or by email at howard_levine@rocketmail.com to make sure you get a seat The meeting is Wednesday, March 14 from 7-8:30 pm at the Rock Bottom Brewery in the Desert Ridge Marketplace. Dinner is available from 6 pm and later; it is optional and you can order off the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Concludes Fiesta Bowl Probe, Issues Recommendations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2011
CONTACT: Jerry Cobb

PHOENIX, AZ (December 21, 2011) – Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced the conclusion of an 8-month criminal investigation into whether public officials illegally accepted or failed to report gifts from members of the Fiesta Bowl organization and its representatives. While the investigation did not find evidence leading to criminal liability for those investigated, it did identify areas where Arizona law does not meet legitimate public expectations for transparency in disclosure of the receipt of gifts.

“Despite the public’s legitimate expectations that current laws ensure a reasonable degree of open and honest government, Arizona’s statutes governing receipt of gifts and reporting requirements fall short of meeting those expectations,” Montgomery said. “A combination of inconsistent laws, vague reporting requirements, and a ‘knowing’ standard of conduct created significant hurdles for our investigation in establishing the required mental state to prove criminal liability,” he added.

As a consequence of the difficulties encountered in conducting the investigation, the County Attorney will make the following recommendations to both houses in the State Legislature:

  • Create a single reference point in law for lobbyists and legislators that clarifies what, if any, types of gifts are permissible, and establishes consistent definitions of gifts and items that require disclosure.
  • Establish an outright ban on gifts, or a minimum value threshold above which reporting and disclosure is mandatory for anything received above the set value (e.g. $25).
  • Establish an increased frequency of reporting, no less than quarterly, to eliminate record-keeping, memory and accuracy issues that can arise with annual reporting requirements. A web-based reporting system is also recommended to facilitate the public’s ability to review officials’ disclosures.
  • Adjust penalties for violations of reporting requirements, making “knowing and intentional” violations a felony offense instead of a misdemeanor.
  • Establish a “reckless” standard that carries misdemeanor or civil penalties that are significant enough to encourage accurate and timely reporting.
  • Remove legislative staff attorneys from the role of providing campaign finance disclosure recommendations, training and advice in order to preclude any claim of attorney-client privilege on these matters.
  • Amend lobbying disclosure forms to include a certification of having read the instructions, as required on campaign finance disclosure statements. Add an expenditure reporting category for Principals/Public Bodies to the Principal/Public Body Annual Report of Lobbying Expenditures.

“I trust that members of the legislature sharing my concern for upholding the integrity of our respective offices will address these recommendations in an appropriate manner,” Montgomery said.

The County Attorney’s Office began its investigation in April 2011, after receiving the case from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office which had declared a conflict of interest in the matter. Over the course of the investigation, a team of experienced prosecutors and investigators from the County Attorney’s Office reviewed thousands of pages of documents and conducted interviews with multiple legislators, lobbyists and Fiesta Bowl employees. The investigation looked at 28 legislators and 3 non-legislator elected office holders. The Attorney General also declared a conflict on two Fiesta Bowl-related cases involving three lobbyists, which also became part of the County Attorney’s investigation.

Legislators investigated:

  • Paula Aboud
  • Chad Campbell
  • Linda Lopez
  • Russell Pearce
  • Kirk Adams
  • Rich Crandall
  • David Lujan
  • Gary Pierce
  • Linda Aguirre
  • Sam Crump
  • Lucy Mason
  • Michelle Reagan
  • Ken Bennett
  • Adam Driggs
  • John McComish
  • Pete Rios
  • Robert Blendu
  • Steve Gallardo
  • Robert Meza
  • Andrew Tobin
  • David Bradley
  • Laurin Hendrix
  • John Nelson
  • Steve Tully
  • Bob Burns
  • John Kavanagh
  • Ward Nichols
  • Thayer Verschoor

Non-legislator elected officials investigated:

  • Joe Arpaio
  • Ben Arrendondo
  • Elaine Scruggs

Lobbyists investigated:

  • Charles Coughlin and Doug Cole as part of the lobbying firm, “HighGround”
  • Kevin Demenna

###

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Endorses Wes Gullett for Mayor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Scarpinato

“Wes Gullett understands the issues facing law enforcement.”

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is endorsing Wes Gullett for Mayor, joining a growing coalition committed to reforming Phoenix city government.

“Wes Gullett understands the issues facing law enforcement. He’ll help us rigorously enforce the law and be a partner in keeping Phoenix safe from gangs and drug cartels,” Montgomery said. “Please join me in supporting Wes Gullett for Mayor.”

“I’m thrilled to have the support of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. He’s been a leader in prosecuting criminals and keeping our community safe. I look forward to partnering with him to keep Phoenix residents safe,” Gullett said.

Gullett has spoken at length about the need to keep Phoenix safe and support law enforcement. In particular, he has pledged to finally begin the process of hiring a police chief.

###