Secretary of State Completes Preliminary Review of Referendum Petitions

Michele Reagan

On August 8, 2017, Save Our Schools Arizona filed an estimated 9,078 petition sheets containing 111,540 signatures in support of R-02-2018.

The Secretary of State’s Office has completed its preliminary review of referendum petitions in accordance with Arizona law, and has determined that the committee filed 9,291 petition sheets.  Of these, 8,950 petition sheets containing 108,224 signatures remained eligible for random sampling and County Recorder review.

A 5% random sample of these signatures has been sent to the County Recorders for signature verification under Arizona law.  In order for the measure to qualify for the 2018 General Election ballot, the County Recorders must collectively validate at least 3,767 signatures (or 69.6%) from the random sample.

The deadline for County Recorder review is September 11, 2017.

Read more about Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan here.

Tom Chabin’s Dark Money Past

In the race for Arizona Corporation Commission, there are several candidates who aren’t who they say they are.

One candidate in particular, has made a major part of his campaign platform about running against “dark money.” You see it on his website, social media and in the media.

Tom Chabin Dark Money

Tom Chabin rails about dark money being spent by big power companies. We assume he’s referring to APS and their First Amendment participation in the election process.

What Tom Chabin doesn’t want you to know is that he was the direct beneficiary of  “dark money” during his failed state senate campaign in 2012.

According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s website, Chapin was the direct beneficiary of $204,531 from four independent expenditure groups.

Tom Chabin IE Money

America Votes is listed as a labor union organization based out of Washington, DC. On their website, they tout “building progressive power” and partnering with every radical leftist organization in America. During the 2012 election cycle, they spent $127,077 in Arizona to elect Democrat candidates. Chabin was one of those Democrats they attempted to elect. Fortunately, they failed.

Another organization that spent $145,774 to keep Tom Chabin in his $24,000/year legislative seat was the Arizona Accountability Project. On their campaign finance reports, they reported $475,000 funneled from an outside dark money group called Revive Arizona Now. They ended up spending $561,047 on Democrat candidates in 2012.

Chabin also was aided and abetted by two other independent expenditure committees. Citizens for Public Education spent $315 but Revitalize Arizona kicked in $44,318 in an effort to save his re-election. According to the Secretary of State’s website, Revitalize Arizona took in $744,328.47 from another group called Residents for Accountability which Tucson media reported, “that group’s finances are a bit of a Russian nesting doll.” Revitalize Arizona spent $44,318 to re-elect Tom Chabin in 2012.

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Tom Chabin lost his bid for the Arizona State Senate in 2012.

Now Chabin is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission as part of a Democrat team with Bill Mundell.

Chabin and Mundell are running as “Clean Elections” candidates so they won’t be asking for private donations in their race. PAC’s and individuals will still donate and participate in the election under Arizona campaign finance limits. Independent expenditure committees will still attempt to affect the outcome of the race through express advocacy. And we expect non-profit organizations to air issue-ads to “educate” citizens about the issues.

Both Democrats have made it their mission to attack their opponents by alleging Republicans are part of a vast right-wing conspiracy with APS. (They’re not.)

Both Chabin and Mundell are pushing for Big Solar’s agenda. These solar companies, backed by big environmental leftists, want to retain and expand on their taxpayer subsidies. If elected, Chabin and Mundell will work to keep the taxpayer dollars flowing to these solar corporations.

Given the dismal history of bankruptcies and bailouts of big solar corporations like Solyndra, SunEdison and Abengoa, handing authority to Democrats like Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell would be a financial disaster to ratepayers and the energy market.

Tom Chabin

Expect Big Solar to strong-arm this race and spend big money to put their corporate cronies in place. Just don’t expect leftist-friendly media to shine any light on their dark spending or on Chabin’s dark money past.

 

SOS Michele Reagan: Grand Canyon State home to nearly 3.3 million voters

Phoenix – The latest voter registration figures have been released and according to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the number of registered voters has grown to 3,299,906, an increase of 47,219 since the last report in July.

Of the state’s 3.29 million voters, 34% are Republicans, 28% are Democrats and 36% have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference.

Libertarians and members of the Green party make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration while the Americans Elect Party has enrolled 500 voters since joining the state’s other recognized political parties in 2011.

“I’m pleased to see the number of registered voters increase by more than forty thousand,” said Secretary Reagan.  “As the state gears up for an exciting 2016 election cycle, including a presidential election, I’m confident our registration totals will continue to grow.

“It’s important to remember, Arizona’s “open primary” provisions do not apply to the presidential preference election. In order to cast a ballot in the March 22nd election, “independents” must be registered with a political party by February 22, 2016.  Our Voting Rights Ambassadors continue to travel the state connecting with schools, clubs and civic groups to educate voters on the process and encourage citizens to participate!”

The latest voter registration figures compiled by county, congressional district and legislative district are available on Arizona.Vote, this link http://bit.ly/1ku1CAg or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.

Democrat Amateurs Wanna Recall Diane Douglas

EGBThe Arizona Secretary of State provided notice today that a committee filed an application to recall Diane Douglas.

The committee calls itself “The Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas” and has listed Maxwell Goshert as its Chairman and David J. Bier as its Treasurer.

Who you won’t find on the official paperwork is Anthony Espinoza who originally beat his chest about starting the recall. That’s because Espinoza was discovered to be posting gay nude selfies across various websites which becomes a problem when you’re a technology teacher at a west valley elementary school trying to spearhead a major political campaign. Nevertheless, Espinoza remains associated with the recall effort as its “founder” which we find bizarre give political campaigns and their committees never use that title.

According to the application filing with the Secretary of State’s office, the grounds for the filing is:

“Since taking office in January 2015, Diane Douglas has demonstrated that she lacks the ability and expertise to serve professionally and politically in her elected position as the Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction. From a fiduciary standpoint, Superintendent Douglas has consistently and recklessly jeopardized valuable and vital education education funding due to her unwillingness to execute various federal and state education laws and State Board of Education policies. In regards to her leadership role, she has not upheld the virtue of the constitutional public office to which she was elected, refusing to fulfill not only her basic duties under A.R.S. 15-251 but also to adhere to the checks and balances of the Arizona state government system. Most importantly, she is not fulfilling her basic state duties superintending the schools of Arizona, focusing more on how to increase her power and position rather than how to increase student achievement, teacher effectiveness, school performance, stakeholder relations, and educational funding. Education is in a crisis fiscally, professionally, socially, and emotionally in Arizona. Education in Arizona needs a strong leader to lead its stakeholders and citizens during this time of crisis. Diane Douglas has proven she is not that leader.”

Whatever your opinion of Diane Douglas, these young naive liberal activists are amateurs.

Quick to respond to the filing, the Arizona Republican Party issued the following statement:

PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party brushed off the announcement from two voters in the Democratic Party that they would attempt to gather signatures to recall Diane Douglas, the Republican who was elected last year to serve as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“It looks like these young Democrats are following the lead of their party elders and wasting time and money on useless complaining about the outcome of the election in which the Republicans clearly dominated the opposition,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “We have frequent elections at every level of government in this nation for a reason, and as a party we fight hard on behalf of our platform and our candidates. It’s disrespectful to the voters for these Democrats to suddenly wake up and decide they know better than voters.”

Douglas received 740,000 votes in the 2014 election, which was more than enough votes to defeat her opponent for that office. Her vote total also exceeded the vote total for each and every one of the Democrats on the ballot running for statewide office: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Mine Inspector, and Corporation Commission.

“Their plan is to raise and spend at least a million dollars to get enough signatures before the end of the year and they haven’t raised a dime yet, so I think they’re going to have a very disappointing Christmas,” Graham added.

Watch for this recall effort to fail miserably.

The Democratic Party establishment is silent and most likely publicly shunning the effort. (Not a byte on its website or Twitter feed.)

Amateurs are running the show and won’t have the support to collect the signatures to place it on the ballot.

In one year, Diane Douglas will still be the Superintendent of Public Instruction and these young activist will be a little bit wiser. Ironically, they’ll be able to thank their target for teaching them a hard lesson in political science.

 

 

Michele Reagan Announces Leadership Team

Michele Reagan

Secretary-elect Michele Reagan announces leadership team
Deputy SoS, Election Director, Chief Financial Officer and Communications Director named

Scottsdale – Arizona’s 20th Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced the members of her incoming administration.  The new leadership team consists of Lee Miller as Deputy Secretary of State, Eric Spencer as State Election Director, Liz Atkinson as CFO and Matt Roberts as Director of Communications.

“It was important to me and my transition team to place highly-regarded and experienced professionals in positions of leadership within my administration,” said Secretary-elect Reagan.  “Each one of them has an exceptional skill set that will help implement my vision for improving one of the most important offices in state government.”

Lee Miller, tapped as Deputy Secretary of State, will oversee day-to-day operations of the Department of State, the Secretary of State’s office and its numerous divisions, including the State Library, Archive and Public Records Division.

Mr. Miller’s professional career began working as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation investigating financial fraud in the banking and savings and loan industries.  That work evolved into senior management positions with commercial and residential securities trading firms from coast to coast.

A noted election law attorney, Mr. Miller has provided consultation and analysis for numerous political campaigns and organizations including the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and pro-bono work for the Arizona Republican Party.

“Lee has a unique blend of legal, political, business and management experience which will make him a tremendous asset within the administration,” said Reagan.  “Combined with his expertise in government affairs and lobbying, he will be able to run the Department of State efficiently and effectively.”

Eric Spencer, an election and political law attorney for Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was selected to serve as the State Election Director.  Spencer will oversee the Election Services Division, which is responsible for voter registration, campaign finance, candidate, lobbyist and elected official filings.

Before joining Snell & Wilmer in 2007, Eric was a Captain in the United States Army and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Infantry Division.  His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.  Mr. Spencer graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, and went on to receive his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“The only thing more impressive than Eric’s career in law is his service to his country,” continued Reagan.  “There are only a handful of people in Arizona qualified to serve as State Elections Director, and I’m delighted to have Eric on our team.  We share a passion for our system of elections and we will work diligently to make it even better.”

Liz Atkinson returns to the Secretary of State’s office after serving as Administrative Division Director of the Department of Weights and Measures.  She previously worked at the AZSOS from 2006 to 2008 as the Advance Directive Coordinator under then Secretary of State Jan Brewer.  Ms. Atkinson is a Certified Public Accountant Candidate and holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and Graduate Degree in Financial Analysis from the Keller Graduate School of Business.

As CFO, Ms. Atkinson will be directly responsible for monitoring expenditures of the Department of State and assist with all human resource issues and staff management among other duties.

“Liz was the ideal candidate for the CFO position,” the Secretary-elect said.  “With her experience in state government and knowledge of the AZSOS, she will be a vital component of the administration from day one.  From all accounts she is an absolute rockstar and I’m really excited to have such a qualified person watching over the books and making sure we are spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned money wisely.”

Matt Roberts will continue in his role as Director of Communications, managing media inquiries and the dissemination of information from the Secretary of State’s office.

Before joining the AZSOS in 2011, Matt worked for the Arizona Republican Party as Communications Director and previously served two New York State Senators where he was responsible for office operations and communications.

“Matt’s experience working with the media is vital as we continue to promote the actions of the office,” said Reagan.  “His continued effort to provide information to the public through an enhanced communication effort will only improve Arizonans confidence in the 2nd highest elective office.”

Full bios will be available on www.azsos.gov after the inauguration.

Michele Reagan Releases First All-Spanish Ad

Michele Reagan

Friends,

I am very excited to share with you that our campaign has released our first Spanish language television commercial of the campaign – narrated by State Representative Lydia Hernández of Legislative District 29.

The all-Spanish language ad, which is being broadcast on Univision and cable television this week, is part of a Hispanic voter outreach program launched by my campaign. In the commercial, Representative Hernández highlights the need to have a Secretary of State with a track record of working on bipartisan solutions and passing legislation benefitting Arizona’s diverse population.

The Secretary’s Office is one which must protect the integrity of each and every voter in the State of Arizona. The practice of ballot harvesting occurring in Arizona is manipulating peoples’ voice and their vote.

In addition to the commercial, my reform plan also available in Spanish on my website.  I want the Hispanic Community to know they play an equally important part in our democratic process under a Reagan administration.

Watch the commercial now, in English or in Spanish:

English

Spanish

Terry Goddard Misrepresents Facts – Secretary Bennett Sets Record Straight

Secretary of State addresses the absurd claims by perennial candidate Terry Goddard.

PHOENIX – Candidates often make inflammatory statements as a tactic to provoke a sense of mistreatment to curry favor with voters.  However, blatant mischaracterizations about Arizona’s system of elections must be corrected.  With less than three weeks before the General Election, current Secretary of State Ken Bennett believes it’s necessary to clear up inaccurate information being presented by Terry Goddard over the past few months.

The latest examples occurred during the Clean Elections Debate, hosted by Arizona PBS.  During the broadcast, Mr. Goddard made two statements that were either terribly ignorant or deliberate misrepresentations of the truth for political gain.

“I’m confused where Mr. Goddard came up with amount of $2 million to implement the so-called Dual Track, or bifurcated system of voting in the primary,” said Secretary Bennett.  Truth is, our counties will spend about $500,000 for both the primary and general elections.  This system—one that I’ve repeatedly said is not ideal for election officials—was developed in response to two conflicting directives.  One from Arizona’s voters, (Prop. 200) and the U.S. Supreme Court (Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Ariz., Inc.)  As I’ve publically said before, and I’ll ask Mr. Goddard, which directive should we ignore; Arizona’s voters or the Supreme Court?

“In addition, I’m troubled by Mr. Goddard’s characterization that students, ‘who have to vote a federal ballot, are treated as second class citizens,’ which is patently false and simply absurd.  College students do not have to vote a federal form.  Those voting a federal ballot are simply doing so because they haven’t provided proof-of-citizenship to our County Recorders, a requirement approved by voters in 2004.  Election officials around the state are committed to treating each voter equally and for Mr. Goddard to assume otherwise is offensive to elections officials statewide.

“Combined with his conspiratorial accusation of voter suppression when he declared ‘independent voters get only one chance to cast a ballot,’ I question Mr. Goddard’s fundamental understanding of how elections work in Arizona. While I certainly appreciate Mr. Goddard’s compliment about my singing voice during the debate, I would ask he either learn the songs or stop making up the lyrics.”

State Rep Paul Boyer Files Complaint with Clean Elections, SOS over Scott Smith Campaign Coordination

Randy ReddState Representative Paul Smith filed the following complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office along with the Citizens Clean Election Commission regarding illegal campaign coordination between the Scott Smith campaign, Better Leaders for Arizona and Randy Redd. In the complaint, Boyer alleges that Smith’s campaign and the independent expenditure committee illegally coordinated an attack against Doug Ducey using ads. The complaint states that Smith’s committee and Better Leaders for Arizona violated Arizona Revised Statute § 16-911.

Here is the complain in entirety:

August 1, 2014

 

Ken Bennett
Arizona Secretary of State
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Citizens Clean Elections Commission
1616 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

I submit the following campaign finance violation complaint against the following individuals and committees:

1.         Scott Smith
            Smith for Governor
            PO Box 5057
Mesa, AZ 85211

2.         Jim Simpson
            Virginia Simpson
            Better Leaders for Arizona
            6022 N. 51st Place
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

3.         Randy Redd
            52 W. Red Fern Rd
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140

In late July, 2014, Better Leaders for Arizona, an independent expenditure committee making expenditures in the Arizona governor’s race, released on its website a video advertisement featuring Randy Redd.  Mr. Redd is a failed Cold Stone Creamery franchisee.  The advertisement included commentary from Mr. Redd complaining about his failed experience as a Cold Stone Creamery franchisee.  Mr. Redd blames his business failure on gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey.

On August 1, 2014, the Smith for Governor Campaign issued a press release featuring Mr. Redd.  The press release tracks the same talking points that Mr. Redd used in his advertisement with Better Leaders.

The definition of independent expenditure is found at ARS § 16-911.  That statute provides that an expenditure is not “independent” if:

1. Any officer, member, employee or agent of the political committee making the expenditure is also an officer, member, employee or agent of the committee of the candidate whose election or whose opponent’s defeat is being advocated by the expenditure or an agent of the candidate whose election or whose opponent’s defeat is being advocated by the expenditure.

2. There is any arrangement, coordination or direction with respect to the expenditure between the candidate or the candidate’s agent and the person making the expenditure, including any officer, director, employee or agent of that person.

Or

4. The expenditure is based on information about the candidate’s plans, projects or needs, or those of the candidate’s campaign committee, provided to the expending person by the candidate or by the candidate’s agents or any officer, member or employee of the candidate’s campaign committee with a view toward having the expenditure made.

The facts illustrate several reasons for your agency to open an investigation to see whether the Better Leaders video and Smith press release are not “independent” of one another.  Both communications featured the same person, Mr. Redd, who complained about his failed Cold Stone franchise.  In both communications, Mr. Redd follows the same basic script.  In both communications, Mr. Redd blames Doug Ducey for his personal business failure.  Both communications were released close together in time.

Applying the facts to the law also justifies an investigation.  By providing services to both committees, Mr. Redd may be acting as a member, employee, or agent of both by supplying them with similar information about his experience.  He may be directing information on what content about his failures that each committee should include in the ad, based on the “plans, projects or needs” of Smith’s campaign.  It is reasonable to believe that the Smith campaign helped direct the Better Leaders expenditure through Mr. Redd and a pass-through, by requesting that they post the video a few weeks prior to Smith issuing his press release.  It is also reasonable to believe that the Smith campaign worked directly with Better Leaders to coordinate this “double punch,” with Better Leaders’ video followed by an aggressive press release and media campaign by Smith.

In conclusion, I ask that your agencies open an investigation into Better Leaders, Smith, and Mr. Redd based on the apparent lack of “independence” between the video and press release.

The contents of this letter are based on my personal knowledge.  I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

Sincerely,
Paul Boyer

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Endorses Wil Cardon

Wil Cardon SOS

“It’s clear that Cardon has the courage and commitmentto stand up to the Obama adminstration”

(Mesa, AZ)  Conservative businessman Wil Cardon has picked up the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  As Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach has been a national leader for the implementation of measures to improve the security and integrity of voting.  Secretary Kobach is also the lead attorney in the case of Kobach and Bennett v. Election Assistance Commission, in which the Kansas and Arizona secretaries of state sued the federal government to preserve the states’ right to demand proof of citizenship when voters register.

“It’s clear that Wil Cardon is committed to continuing the battle to protect the integrity and security of our elections,” said Kobach.  “Wil has the courage and commitment to stand up to the Obama administration and ensure that Arizona will continue to be able to require proof of citizenship to register to vote.  Arizona and Kansas have drawn a line in the sand against unconstitutional federal interference in the voter registration process.  I’m confident that Wil will continue the fight.”

Wil Cardon Endorsed by Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney in AZSOS Race

Wil Cardon SOS

Mesa, AZ – In a sign of more momentum behind Wil Cardon’s candidacy for Arizona’s Secretary of State, Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney endorsed Wil Cardon today.

“I’m proud to endorse Wil for Arizona’s next Secretary of State,” Denny Barney said. “Wil has spent many years in the business world, creating jobs in Arizona and giving back to his community. His experience in business, his strong grounding in conservative principles, and his commitment to the state of Arizona will make him an excellent Secretary State.”

“I am honored to have Denny’s endorsement,” said Wil Cardon. “Not only is Denny is a successful businessman who has helped create jobs in Arizona, he has generously given his time to serving his community. I’m running for Secretary of State because I believe we need people from all walks of life involved in the governance of our state. I’m proud to have his support.”

Denny Barney was elected in 2012 to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County’s 1st District, representing the cities of Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Sun Lakes, and parts of Mesa, Scottsdale, and Gilbert.

Denny is a sixth generation native of Arizona and prominent business leader. He is currently a principal in ARCUS Private Capital Solutions, a specialized realty investment and finance company. He is also the CEO of Landmark Companies, a private investment company with focus on real estate investment and development.

In addition to his business endeavors, Denny is a current Board Member of Mesa United Way, serving as past chairman for their annual campaign.

Wil Cardon is CEO of the Cardon Companies.  Along with his wife Nicole, he is also actively involved in numerous charitable and community leadership positions.  Together, they are the proud parents of 5 children and live in Mesa.