CCEC Goes After Quelland

Here’s an update (thanks to Gila Courier) on a post we brought you late last year regarding State Representative Doug Quelland. (“LD-10 Republican Doug Quelland Falsely Assailed by Dems & Republic“)

The Arizona Capitol Times is breaking the news that CCEC will pursue removal of office of Quelland:

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission this morning could decide to take the monumental step of beginning a process to remove north Phoenix Rep. Doug Quelland from office.

***UPDATE*** The Clean Elections Commission has gone into executive session to discuss legal questions in the case against Rep. Doug Quelland.

***UPDATE*** The Clean Elections Commission has delayed a decision on whether Rep. Doug Quelland violated campaign finance laws. The next scheduled meeting of the commission is May 16, although commissioner Lori Daniels said she wanted to decide the matter more quickly.

 It is still unclear what the commission intends to do and what evidence they have compiled against Quelland but what we do know is that Larry Davis is a Democratic activist with “issues” who decided to go after Quelland when Quelland refused to follow Davis’ strategic recommendation to personally attack Jackie Thrasher and a member of her family.

It has now boiled down to a “He said, he said” between both Quelland and Davis with Commission director, Todd Lang, siding with Davis. However, Commissioners are still not convinced Lang is correct in his recommendation. After emerging from an executive session, the Commission decided to postpone a decision – probably due to a lack of evidence – until May 16th.

Sonoran Alliance would also like to see the evidence in this matter given the political background of Larry Davis and another Democratic activist, Carol Vandercook.


  1. Didn’t Doug Quelland do a piece on “Now” supporting Clean Elections? Oh, yeah, “Now” is a show on PBS first hosted by Bill Moyers.

  2. Larry Davis, a Democratic activist? Then why was he helping Quelland? He’s always worked for West Valley Republicans. Get your facts straight.

  3. TIm Johnson says

    YOUR GOING TO TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jim Middleton says

    Its this kind of action in the face of the reality of campaigning and running for public office that will kill Clean Campaign Financing. All one has to do is get close to a campaign and see how running for office really works to understand that the way clean campaign financing is setup is backasswards.

    Then we have the reality in practice with Mr. Obama opting out of public funding. Wonder why?

    Does not excuse Mr. Quelland for doing something wrong. There is always more to this kind of story than what we are being told. What is missing in both this article and the action taking by the Clean Campaign folks is CONTEXT. You can bet your bottom dollar folks who may run for office will think way more than twice now about public funding.

    Thanks for making it more likely than less likely that we’ll see more and more non-public funded campaigns.

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