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)

Commissioner Bob Stump – Super Hero Fighting For Truth, Justice & Ratepayers

Gotta love Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump!

He’s been through hell and back battling against the leftist faux watchdog group, Checks & Balances. The left-wing villains in this group have launched attack after attack against Stump only to be rejected over and over again by a Superior Court Judge.

The same group has attacked the Arizona Attorney General, a former Solicitor General and every other elected, appointed or law enforcement official who has investigated the false allegations imagined against Bob Stump.

He’s even taken hits by a so-called fellow Republican who may have been infected by the Checks & Balances virus.

But still Commissioner Stump holds his ground for truth, justice and the ratepayer way.

You may laugh at my exaggerated description of what’s been taking place over the last year with the Arizona Corporation Commission but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

The fact is, a battle has been taking place for sometime over who sits on the Arizona Corporation Commission. There are only five seats on the commission which means the left has to capture three in order to seize power and push its green energy agenda.

The Checks & Balances Project has been a key player in this battle putting its weight into frivolous legal challenges and conjuring negative media attention against the Republicans on the Commission. They may have assimilated one already.

This group is part of a vast left-wing network of subsidy-thirsty corporatists disguised as green energy advocates. They’re largely funded by left-wing philanthropists and dark money donors like billionaire Tom Steyer. Their mission is to fundamentally transform US energy policy and that means getting their puppets into key power positions like the Arizona Corporation Commission. Sound familiar?

You can bet candidates like Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell are just who they want to fill two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Both Chabin and Mundell have cloned Big Solar and green corporatists messaging in their campaign themes.

We’re not buying it and neither is Bob Stump. That’s why he’s a super hero to us.

Every time we flip a switch, turn on a light or adjust the thermostat, we’re reminded that common sense commissioners like Bob Stump are holding back the enemies of cheap and efficient energy policy from waging war on ratepayers.

Get that commissioner a cape!

SuperMan Bob Stump

 

Building Lasting Momentum; Recap of Bolick Endorsements

 

Shawnna Bolick

 

Building Lasting Momentum

April 17, 2014

Our campaign has been diligently reaching out to our fellow Republican neighbors in Legislative District 28 to listen to concerns affecting the future of Arizona.  Each and every day we are greeted with positive enthusiasm for our strong message of growth, prosperity and opportunity.

Voters agree that a strong education system encourages a better workforce with more highly skilled jobs for our high school and college graduates.  As an individual who had an awesome public school education I also know that education shouldn’t be a one-size-fits all model.  Instead, one that works best allows parents the right to choose how to best educate their children.

Working for a better tomorrow has also encouraged the support of many of our fellow Republicans from across the state.  I am thrilled to have the support from so many wonderful current and past elected officials who continue to further Arizona to a more prosperous future.

This is what my fellow Republicans have had to say about why they are supporting me for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28:

“With so many serious challenges facing the State of Arizona, her bold ideas in education reform and steadfast common sense are two things I admire most about Shawnna.  She has the potential to help lead Arizona into a brighter future – one that is more self-reliant, and one that holds to its independent values that I love so much about this state.  Shawnna’s pro-growth, free market, and fiscal conservative ideas are the ones this state needs to get our fiscal house in order.  She will bring a fresh, yet bold and principled leadership the Republican Party lacks.”

– Former U.S. Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.

“Shawnna’s knowledge and expertise in critical policy areas affecting the State of Arizona are hard to come by.  I know Shawnna has what it takes to be an effective legislator and a strong communicator. She is not only committed to understanding the big picture but is willing to delve into the weeds to craft sound public policy.”

– Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump

“Shawnna is a strong fiscal conservative who will prioritize the needs of Arizona. Watching her raise her two children I know how important education and the future of the state are to her.  Shawnna is a quick study and eager to roll up her sleeves to find the right mix of pro-growth ideas benefiting the state.  Arizona should be so lucky to have her willing to serve us in such a capacity.”

– Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns

“As a former State Senator I know how important it is to have elected officials who truly represent the people of Arizona but more importantly, listen to its citizens. Shawnna not only has the passion to help lead Arizona, but she is a do-er who is not afraid to engage with her neighbors. I believe Shawnna is prepared to make tough decisions no matter how big the challenge.  I predict Ms. Bolick will be a linchpin in the Legislature in halting the federal government’s encroachment and I look forward to working with her to help advance sound fiscal policy that benefits all Arizonans.  These are just a few reasons why I believe she is the right person to represent Legislative District 28.”

– Vice Mayor of Phoenix, Jim Waring

“So much of what we have achieved here in Phoenix—from pension reform to competitiveness to government transparency and accountability—has to echo at the state level or our gains will mean little.  We need smart, tough legislators who are willing to fight for the people who pay the bills.  As a tireless advocate for school choice, small business, and the taxpayers, Shawnna demonstrates on a daily basis that she has the vision and backbone we need at the State Capitol.  That is why I give my unqualified support to Shawnna Bolick, candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28.”

– Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio

“Shawnna understands the importance of improving government efficiency. Her past public policy experiences at the federal and state levels will help her hit the ground running once she’s elected to office. Her background is steeped in free market and civil society solutions coupled with the need to bring prosperity to the state of Arizona by rolling back the regulatory system and lowering taxes. We are in desperate need of electing common sense individuals willing to roll up their sleeves to find savings to taxpayers. It’s not an easy job and I think Shawnna is the best choice in Legislative District 28 and I look forward to helping her get elected.”

– Arizona House of Representatives Majority Whip Representative Gray

“Shawnna’s energy, dedication, extensive policy background and desire to honorably represent our legislative district and State are the admirable qualities she will bring to the Arizona House of Representatives once she is elected.  From the many years of actively engaging in her community, her children’s public charter schools, and working on issues critical to Arizona she values the importance of studying the policy, its potential impacts and evaluating all considerations before making an objective and informed decision.  Wanting nothing less than the best for her children and yours is the conviction that fuels Shawnna’s passion to work hard for Arizona and be a strong advocate for her constituents.”

– Former Arizona House of Representative Amanda Reeve

But I still need your help.  We have quite the momentum, but in order to run the best campaign we need your financial assistance, too. Your donation today will help me continue spreading our positive message as we crisscross the district.
Please visit my website today and make a donation of $25, $50, $75, $100, $150, or $250 or more to help me reach April’s fundraising goal.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Shawnna

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsements from Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump and Commissioner Brenda Burns

Shawnna Bolick

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsements from Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump and Commissioner Brenda Burns

Phoenix, AZ- March 26, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump‘s and Commissioner Brenda Burns‘ endorsements.

“Shawnna’s knowledge and expertise in critical policy areas affecting the State of Arizona are hard to come by,” stated Chairman Stump. “I know Shawnna has what it takes to be an effective legislator and a strong communicator. She is not only committed to understanding the big picture but is willing to delve into the weeds to craft sound public policy.”

“Shawnna is a strong fiscal conservative who will prioritize the needs of Arizona. Watching her raise her two children I know how important education and the future of the state are to her,” declared Commissioner Burns. “Shawnna is a quick study and eager to roll up her sleeves to find the right mix of pro-growth ideas benefiting the state. Arizona should be so lucky to have her willing to serve us in such a capacity.”

“I am honored to have Chairman Stump’s and Commissioner Burns’ endorsements. Bob and I are both students of public policy and understand that sound policy often means fine tuning the details. Brenda has always been a role model and someone I would like to emulate in leadership in the Legislature. I have a great deal of admiration for both Bob and Brenda,” said Bolick.

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years. Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (11 .) and Kali (9), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912. For more information about her campaign please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

GOP Corp Commission Candidates to Address NE Valley Pachyderm Coalition

The three declared Republican candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will talk to the NE Valley Pachyderm Coalition about their plans as Corporation Commissioners.

The candidates are Bob Stump (incumbent), Bob Burns (former State Senate President), and Susan Bitter-Smith.

The ACC is one of the lowest profile government organizations that has a huge impact on the lives and financial well being of Arizonans. It regulates utility rates and service levels for privately owned utilities. This impacts the quality and price of our electric, natural gas, telecommunications, and water services.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, so this is your chance to really find out where these candidates stand on economic regulation issues that will have a direct impact on you and your familiy.

Location: Appaloosa Public Library
7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(Near intersection of N Scottsdale and E Pinnacle Peak)

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. (2nd Wed of Month)
Time: 6:45-7:00 pm meet & greet. Meeting from 7-8:15pm

Contact Information:
Howard Levine,
NE Valley Chapter Chairman
Howard_Levine@rocketmail.com , http://www.pachydermcoalition.com/
480-577-4168

Friday Poll: Which Republican should run for CD-2?

This week’s Friday Poll is now up and we’re asking which Republican should run for CD-2 should Congressman Trent Franks enter the race for US Senate?

We’ve ruled out a number of potential candidates who we know have not shown any interest but we’re allowing “Other” to be an option in the poll.

Again, the poll will be open one week and repeat voting is blocked in an attempt to make the poll more accurate.

Cast your vote!

What The Arizona Newspapers Say about the “Solar Team” (Be warned… it’s pretty bad)

You’ve seen their TV ads. But what are Arizona’s newspapers saying about the candidates who make up the “Solar Team”?

“These three candidates just aren’t the right choice for Arizona” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“Might prove very costly to Arizona ratepayers” – Robert Robb, Arizona Republic, September 21, 2008

“Potentially divisive forces on the commission” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“Runs too much risk of overstepping legal bounds” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“We were unimpressed by the fourth candidate Sandra Kennedy…[she] showed a dearth of knowledge on ACC issues” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

Kennedy is “clearly out of her depth on energy issues” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“We’re troubled that [Sam George] changed his name in 2004 from Sam Vagenas…As Vagenas, he helped get two pro-marijuana ballot issues passed in Arizona, though the Legislature later gutted them. State investigators also linked him to fake ‘internal memos’ circulated during the 2002 gubernatorial race, falsely claiming Janet Napolitano, as attorney general, covered up the Colorado City polygamy crisis.” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

“Vagenas was linked to the forgeries that became the biggest scandal of the 2002 gubernatorial race” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

“Too many uncertainties surround Sam (Vagenas) George” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

George has “a history of shady dealings” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

George is “sleazy” – Tucson Weekly, August 29, 2008

“…ethically challenged Sam Vagenas [is] a former political consultant who remade himself this year into Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Sam George” – Phoenix New Times, Oct. 14, 2008

“[Vagenas’s ballot initiative] would have freed…marijuana users to deal drugs to kids — and actually required the Department of Public Safety to give out pot, for free” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

“We are thoroughly unimpressed with Democrat Sam George…name-changing, media-dodging…” – Tucson Weekly, Oct. 4, 2008

“George is ill-informed” – Kris Mayes, East Valley Tribune, October 26, 2008

“Despicable…cynical…shameful” – U.S. Drug Czar John P. Walters, October 10, 2002 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“The folks at DPS are going to be the biggest drug dealers in Arizona” – Tucson Citizen, August 27, 2002 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“The people of Arizona ought to be ticked off… it’s not a signal we need to be sending our children.” – William Bennett, U.S. Drug Czar, August 13, 1998 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“Two years ago, when he lost election to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board, Sam George sued election officials and fellow candidates to demand a recount. The election tally didn’t change.” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

“The report said that Paul Newman, a Cochise County supervisor, told Agent Joe Navarro ‘that he had smoked some marijuana in the [taxpayer-funded] vehicle,” Arizona Republic, October 16, 2008

“Newman’s fellow commissioners…voted to revoke his county car privileges… A movement to recall Newman began…” – Sierra Vista Herald, December 10, 2004

“This corporation commission election is shaping up to be a bonanza for pothead voters: Another democratic candidate for the commission, Sam George, helped promote two successful pro-marijuana ballot initiatives in Arizona in the late 1990s. Back then, he was known as Sam Vagenas, but he changed his name after being linked to a scandal in the 2002 governor’s race.” – Phoenix New Times, October 13, 2008

“George Spends Big Bucks in Bid for Seat on Commission” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

“Democrat Sam George has spent more than half-million dollars of his own money to try to win a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

“George said neither he nor the Sperlings stand to benefit financially by greater use of solar power and that he does not own any investments in solar energy” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

I personally am voting for

Barry Wong

Marian McClure

Bob Stump

Here’s what the Arizona newspapers say about them:

Wong, Stump, McClure: “offer strong experience with public policymaking.
They demonstrate wise perspectives on energy use and utilities regulation.
And they clearly share a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents rather than kowtowing to corporate interests.”
– Tucson Citizen, 10/2/08

“The best choices for the three open seats” – Arizona Republic, Oct. 15, 2008

It sure doesn’t get any better than that.