Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SHADES OF DARK MONEY: GOP AG's Assoc. Money Is A Few Shades Darker Than Democratic Counterparts; Here's Why ( FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Arizona's Politics has been reporting on the coming air war between the national associations for the Democratic Attorneys General and the Republican Attorneys General.  Both are either spending or preparing to spend more than $1Million in Arizona to paint the other party's nominee for Arizona Attorney General as the worst thing since sliced Wonder Bread (hey, this is truly the whole wheat, artisanal or gluten free era! ;-) )

Where does all that money come from, and is it "dark money" or pure-as-Ivory-Soap-money?

Obviously, it is NOT the latter!  But, there are different definitions and degrees of "dark money", and we will attempt to clearly explain how we come to the conclusion that DAGA's money is a few shades lighter than RAGA's.

Both DAGA's Arizona attack ad arm - Grand Canyon Committee for Justice & Fairness ("GC-CJF") and RAGA's - RAGA Arizona IE - have registered with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, indicating that they will follow Arizona's campaign finance laws. (This was not the case with DAGA's CJF in 2010, and that is currently before the Supreme Court of Arizona.)

However, Arizona's campaign finance laws are extremely relaxed when it comes to identifying the original source of funds - hence, Arizona is "dark money" friendly.  (Arizona's Politics attempted to make the case last year that - in light of California's settlement with Arizona political consultant Sean Noble





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DEFINING FELECIA FIRST: Natl GOP AG's To Start Running Their Negative Ads 8 Days Earlier (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Yesterday, Arizona's Politics reported on the $1M ad buy by an arm of the Democratic Attorneys General Association.  Today, word comes of the earlier launch of an ad campaign from the Arizona arm of DAGA's Republican counterpart.

RAGA Arizona ("Republican Attorneys General Association Arizona") plunked down $360,000 for the first week of Phoenix airtime seeking to (negatively) define Democratic nominee Felecia Rotellini.

Significantly, RAGA is now slated to hit the airwaves on October 6, while the DAGA ad (which indicates it mentions both GOP nominee Mark Brnovich and Rotellini) does not start until October 14.  With early voting beginning on October 9, the GOP jump on defining the opponent could be significant.

Rotellini's campaign told supporters in a fundraising email yesterday that $1.6M in attack ads against her were about to hit.   


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FIRST WATCH: New NRCC Ad Re-Opens Border War Vs. Rep. Barber (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The National Republican Congressional Committee ("NRCC") just released its newest ad against incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) today, going after him on the issue of border security for the first time.

The ad features Chris Kemmerly - identified as a rancher - talking about securing the border.  It cites a single vote in August on a supplemental appropriations bill that passed on a straight-line party vote (and has not been heard from again).

The ad (titled "Rancher") cost $21,250 to produce, and the NRCC indicates that it is spending $186,778.45 to air it in the Tucson market during the next week.



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Goddard Forgets Attorney/Cross-Examination Rules Applies To Campaigning: Don't Ask Question If You Don't Know Answer And... (TWITTER EDITION)

(Update, 11:50am: Goddard just Tweeted his "Happy to hear it" response, and tried to turn the attention to issues that he better knew her positions on: SB1062 and HB2305.
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Oops! Terry Goddard, the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State, thought he might score a few points on Twitter this morning off of a Howard Fischer news article talking about Republicans who might try to block registered independents from voting in future GOP primaries.  Unfortunately, GOP nominee Michele Reagan immediately responded that she has always favored the open primary and added a zinger.

Goddard, an attorney, violated one of the key rules of cross-examining a hostile witness, that also applies to campaigning: don't ask a question that you do not know how the witness will answer!  The 2nd rule is you should do your research beforehand and know how the witness/opponent will answer.

Goddard hoped to hang Reagan with a position that is sure to be unpopular with the voters who could make the difference in the Secretary of State's race.  However, he should  have checked her clearly-stated positions before engaging in deates (Twitter or otherwise).

Reagan answers clearly, eight minutes later, and adds the hashtagged zinger "#RetireAlready". (Ouch!)


Here is Reagan answering questions for the Small Business Alliance - in a process that Goddard also participated in - on YouTube:  "I really, really, really have been encouraging people to vote in primaries. I don't care what party you are, or if you're no party...."



Here's the link to the rest of the Small Business Alliance videos of Reagan (and other candidates) in case someone (hint, hint) wants to view them. 




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GOTTA HAVE IT: Mega-Fundraising Day For DuVal, McSally, Rogers, Flake(?!?) (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

While just about everyone's heard about former President Bill Clinton dropping into Scottsdale today to raise some cash for Democratic nominee for Governor Fred DuVal, there are a couple of other noteworthy fundraisers also going on back in the nation's capital.

GOP Congressional challengers Martha McSally (CD2) and Wendy Rogers (CD9) are getting the all-star joint fundraising committee power from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Speaker John Boehner and others today.  The mega-fundraiser by the RISE Project ("Republicans Inspiring Success and Empowerment") is expected to raise about $500,000 to be split among 10 female House candidates.

And, in the heat of the very competitive GOP primary for Governor, an interesting fundraiser was quietly scheduled for today.  Cold Stone Creamery, the company that GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Ducey formerly owned, decided to hold a fundraiser for one of Arizona's U.S. Senators, Jeff Flake... for his 2018 re-election.

Flake was widely believed to be in Ducey's camp, even allowing his name to be added as a host for a fundraiser early on; however, when it came time for endorsements, Flake and colleague John McCain decided not to publicly support one over the other five Republicans.

Of course, the contribution levels are divided into "Like It", "Love It" and "Gotta Have It" ($500, $1,000, $2,500, respectively). (Cold Stone does NOT have a history of putting on these types of fundraisers.)

(h/t to Sunlight Foundation's Political PartyTime for Cold Stone fundraiser)



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Monday, September 15, 2014

FLASHBACK: The Not-Devastating-Enough Democratic Attorneys General ("CJF") Ad Against Horne In 2010

Since we are discussing the new campaign by the Democratic Attorneys General Association to win Arizona's Attorney General's office for Felecia Rotellini - and, its coming-soon-to-every-screen-near-you $1M ad - it seems appropropriate to revisit the nasty attack ad the AG's group leveled at  then Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne.

The ad, through attack ad arm Committee for Justice & Fairness, was aired non-stop during the last weeks of the campaign.



Horne won a very close election over Rotellini, but lost last month in his primary election bid for re-election.  (One can only imagine what DAGA/CJF/GC-CJF has in store for Mark Brnovich; it would not take much imagination to picture the ads if Horne had in store for Horne if he had defeated Mark Brnovich for the GOP nomination.)

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BREAKING, THEY'RE BAA-ACCKKK!: Natl Democratic Attorneys General Group Moves Forward With A $1M Ad In Arizona; Appeals Previous Case To Supreme Court

(2nd Update, 4:55pm: CJF Treasurer Dana Bykowski/GC-CJF Chair Priscilla Marquez confirm to Arizona's Politics that the ad buy in Tucson will be approximately $230,000.  That will bring the total to slightly over $1,000,000.)

(UPDATE, 1:15pm: As Arizona's Politics was "going to press" with an article indicating that CJF/DAGA were proceeding with expenditures without having registered, we received a return phone call from the Committee for Justice and Fairness. Dana Bykowski, the Treasurer for CJF indicates that the buyer inadvertently made the buy on behalf of CJF instead of the new CJF spinoff called the "Grand Canyon Committee for Justice & Fairness." GC-CJF did register with the Secretary of State's Office on July 14, 2014 - although they did file their first ("no activity") report late in August. Bykowski indicates that the buyer will amend its contracts with the Phoenix TV stations.  The initial article was very different, and apologies to the guest contributor, who proceeded based on correct information that became outdated; the original article is below the jump.)

The Democratic Attorneys General Association ("DAGA") is back. It spent heavily in Arizona in 2010, and has been paying the price ever since. Today, Arizona's Politics is reporting, DAGA is  preparing a $1,000,000 ad buy, slightly changing the name of their now-infamous attack ad committee.

Last week, DAGA's attack ad arm, the Committee for Justice and Fairness ("CJF"), appealed its 2010 case to the Arizona Supreme Court.  Earlier this year, the Arizona Court of Appeals found that CJF had violated Arizona campaign laws by not registering as a political committee before unleashing a scathing ad against then-State Supt. of Public Instruction and GOP nominee for Attorney General Tom Horne.

CJF has argued - is still arguing - that the law is unconstitutional, and that the ad was not campaign-related - it was simply urging Horne's Public Instruction constituents to call and express concerns.

Now, CJF has formed the Grand Canyon Committee for Justice & Fairness ("GC-CJF"), and have worked out a $777,666.67 Phoenix market ad campaign to begin October 14 and ending Election Day morning (November 4).  That heavy buy does not include Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma and/or cable, and does not include the production costs.

Arizona's Politics has covered the CJF/DAGA saga extensively in the past (here is the infamous ad), and will continue to keep a close eye on these new developments.



(Attorney Paul Weich, of the Law Offices of Paul Weich, contributed to the reporting of this article.  Mr. Weich has represented a number of campaign and election law clients in the past.)

Kirkpatrick/Tobin Race Re-rated To "Pure Toss-Up" By Rothenberg

In case it was not clear based upon the amount of attention being paid it from national groups, the Arizona Congressional District 1 contest is now rated as a "pure toss-up" by the Rothenberg Political Report.

Rothenberg added the race between incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) and GOP nominee and Arizona State House Speaker Andy Tobin to its list of eight toss-up House seats on Friday.  Until now, Kirkpatrick had been placed in the "Toss-Up/Tilt Democrat" category.

The eastern Arizona district joins the southeastern Arizona CD2 (Rep. Ron Barber vs. Martha McSally) on that list of 8.  CD9 remains one step from "Safe" for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D), as "Democrat Favored". (The other six members of Arizona's House delegation are "Safe".)

Rothenberg changed the ratings in nine House, Senate and Governor races around the country this weekend - eight of those changes moved in the Republicans' direction.

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READ: Fmr. State Sen. Pearce's Statement Resigning GOP Vice-Chair Post; Claims His Mistake Was Failure of Attribution and Not the Content

Former State Senate President Russell Pearce resigned his position as 1st Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party late yesterday, as pressure mounted from his radio comments about forced sterilization of Medicaid lower income women.

Pearce, who was recalled from the State Senate in 2011 and was rebuffed in his attempt to return to the Legislature the following year, was elected to the state GOP post and recently was hired by the Maricopa County Treasurer.

He made his controversial remarks on his weekly radio show earlier this month, and they were reported by the Phoenix New Times.  Over the weekend, Republican political consultant Sean Noble expressed disapproval of the comments and several GOP candidates and officeholders (some of whom Noble has advised or worked with) repudiated them, as well.

By late yesterday, the pressure for Pearce to either resign or be voted out had grown strong enough that he issued the following statement:
“As an unapologetic conservative, I’ve stood up for the rule of law and our constitutional freedoms. I love this great Republic, and have loved serving Arizona and my service with the Republican party. Recently on my radio show there was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system. I shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author. This was a mistake. This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.
I do not want the progressive left and the media to try and take a misstatement from my show and use it to attack our candidates. I care about the Republican party and its conservative platform too much to let them do that. Yet I have to recognize that hosting a radio show and the nature of the debates that we have had and will continue to have are incompatible with what our Party needs from its leadership team. For that reason, I am submitting my resignation as a Vice Chairman of the Republican party. I will never back down from standing up for what I believe in and I will continue to fight for the principles that our founding generation risked their lives for. But I have no intention of being used as a distraction by the Democrats looking to escape responsibility for their failed policies. It is time to return the focus to where it belongs, and that is the direction that our state and country should be headed towards. Let’s get back to winning in November!”
 The statement does not indicate that Pearce disagrees with the statements he made on the radio program, only that he mistakenly did not attribute them to the original author. He then calls the lack of attribution a "misstatement" and attempts to say that he only resigned to prevent "the progressive left and the media" from using it (i.e. the "misstatement").  Cleverly arranged, perhaps, but it is likely that only a few devoted followers will go along with the attempted magic trick.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Arizona Governor's Race Moved To "Toss-up" By RealClearPolitics, Reinforced By 3rd Poll Completed Sept. 2

National media organization RealClearPolitics has changed its rating on Arizona's Governor's race from "leans Republican" to "toss up".  Although the rating was changed after the Rasmussen Poll was released Labor Day weekend, it was reinforced by a third poll showing Republican State Treasurer Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal within one percentage point.

The ratings change was made on August 31. The new(est) poll is an online survey, commissioned by the New York Times and CBS News and conducted by YouGov, gives Ducey a 34%-33% lead, although when leaners are added in, the two are tied at 38%.  The poll was of "likely voters" and was conducted over an unusually long period (Aug. 18 - Sept. 2) that actually spanned the primary election (before it was certain who the GOP nominee would be).  The margin of error is 3%.

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FIRST WATCH: New McSally Ad, "Time": "Martha Is Standing Up To Her Own Party By..."

Martha McSally's new ad in the air war against incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) in one of the 10 pure toss-up races in the nation touts her willingness to fight her GOP colleagues for equal pay for women.

The standout line: "Martha is standing up to her own party - supporting equal pay for equal work."  Arizona's Politics has requested further details on how the candidate has been standing up to the GOP leadership on the issue, and how she wishes to address the issue.

Equal pay for equal work for both genders has been an issue that the Republicans have tried to hit Barber with earlier this year.  Barber had called on McSally to announce her support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Republicans stalled in the Senate this Spring.



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

FIRST WATCH: NRCC Gets The Boots, Jeans Right In New Anti-Kirkpatrick Ad (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The National Republican Congressional Committee ("NRCC") unveiled its new ad tonight claiming that incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) has too much baggage to be re-elected.  This time, the actress portraying the Congresswoman is wearing jeans and boots.

The NRCC's first post-primary ad featured the bottom half of an actress who looked more like Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) than Kirkpatrick, and received some negative attention for its portrayal. Kirkpatrick's campaign released an ad playing on the disconnect and featuring her well-worn cowboy boots.

The NRCC is spending $376,000 per week airing this ad.  (Of course, the first bag was free.)

It leads with the oldie-but-not-goodie claim about the 2009 stimulus bill, then adds the votes that ended or prevented government shutdowns (debt limit increases) and Obamacare votes.


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DONATE, RECEIVE D'BACKS TIX AS THANK YOU: Local Nonprofits Benefit

Arizona Politics contributor Paul Weich, his wife Marion, and the Law Offices of Paul Weich, are generously donating some of their Arizona Diamondbacks season tickets to Arizona's Politics readers who help out selected local non-profits.

Even though the Diamondbacks are limping to the finish line, a game at the ballpark is still a nice couple of hours.  ESPECIALLY, when it is for a good cause!  (And, with fellow politically-active Arizonans will be just a bit more fun...hopefully!)

We have several pairs of seats available in the MVP Boxes right over homeplate for this Friday night (6:40) and this Sunday afternoon (1:10), against the San Diego Padres.

If you donate at least $25 to either the Sandra Day O'Connor HouseSun Sounds of Arizona, or the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program,  Paul or I will email you two tickets to the game of your choice.

Just donate directly to the organization, then forward your donation acknowledgment email to info@arizonaspolitics.com. Don't forget to specify which game you would like to attend.

And, if you are interested in sharing in Paul's season ticket group next year, he indicates that one longtime couple just dropped out.

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BEYOND HYPER-PARTISANSHIP: Sen. Flake Spends This Year's Deserted Island Time With Democratic Sen. Heinrich

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is constantly widening his circle of deserted island companions.  First, he went solo, and then with two of his sons (Tanner, Dallin).  Last month, he was accompanied by New Mexico colleague Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and a Discovery camera crew.

That's right. Our junior Senator is going to be reality TV star - "Rival Survival" will air the week before the November 4 election.

And, while Arizona's Politics disagrees with CNN's lead that Flake and Heinrich "are going to extreme lengths to express support for bipartisanship" - because it just shows that humans can work together and our political ideology is not EVERYTHING about who we are - it is always nice to see D's and R's working together on solving problems.

And, it is nice to know that we willl NEVER see Sen. Flake on "Naked and Afraid"... or especially "Dating Naked"!

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BREAKING: Arizona Reps. Barber, Sinema Join Republicans In Anti-Obamacare Vote

Arizona Democratic Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) and Ron Barber (D-CD2) joined 23 Democrats and 222 Republicans in a symbolic anti-Obamacare vote this afternoon.  The short message resolution* passed the House of Representatives 247-167, but is not expected to be considered by the Senate.

As Politico points out, the sponsor of the measure, Rep. Bill Cassidy, is in a tight battle for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana.

Yesterday, Sinema and Barber were among only five Democrats who voted with Republicans to move the resolution to the floor for a vote today.  Neither has publicly explained their votes.

* The section heading actually is titled "If you like your group health insurance plan, you can keep it."


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Split Decision In This Week's Battle of the Great(?) Arizona Congressional War of '14 (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The national arms (Armies? Air Forces?) of the two major political parties both filed reports with the Federal Election Commission ("FEC") this afternoon.  The DCCC ("Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee") eased up on the throttle a bit in their attacks on Andy Tobin while the NRCC ("National Republican Congressional Committee" kept rolling Kirkpatrick's baggage.

In southern Arizona, both increased their attack budgets, though the Republicans added a bit more going after Barber.

The NRCC dropped another $376,019 on the "Baggage" ad yesterday, attacking Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1).  Their total to date in that race is now at $919,710.  The DCCC just produced a new ad that should be hitting the airwaves today or tomorrow, and is spending $367,259 to air it; their total to date attacking state House Speaker Tobin is now $813,578.

In pure toss-up CD2, the NRCC spent $22,000 producing their newest ad against Barber while the DCCC paid $16,000 to play off of Martha McSally's running ad.  The NRCC purchased $175,652 of air time while the DCCC has $158,184 worth of the 30-second spots.  Year to date totals are now $576,310 vs. $476,855, again in favor of the challenging party.

As noted, the party arms budgeted heavily (10% of their national budget) for Arizona's hotly-contested and nationally-watched races.  The NRCC announced $1.95M and $1.0M in CD1 and CD2, respectively, compared to the DCCC's $2.2M and $700K.  (It looks like the DCCC might already have readjusted its Barber budget.)


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HELP, WIN: Diamondbacks Tickets For Small Donation To Local Non-Profit

Arizona Politics contributor Paul Weich, his wife Marion, and the Law Offices of Paul Weich, are generously donating some of their Arizona Diamondbacks season tickets to Arizona's Politics readers who help out selected local non-profits.

Even though the Diamondbacks are limping to the finish line, a game at the ballpark is still a nice couple of hours.  ESPECIALLY, when it is for a good cause!  (And, with fellow politically-active Arizonans will be just a bit more fun...hopefully!)

We have several pairs of seats available in the MVP Boxes right over homeplate for this Friday night (6:40) and this Sunday afternoon (1:10), against the San Diego Padres.

If you donate at least $25 to either the Sandra Day O'Connor House, Sun Sounds of Arizona, or the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program,  Paul or I will email you two tickets to the game of your choice.

Just donate directly to the organization, then forward your donation acknowledgment email to info@arizonaspolitics.com. Don't forget to specify which game you would like to attend.

And, if you are interested in sharing in Paul's season ticket group next year, he indicates that one longtime couple just dropped out.



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WATCH: Rep. Franks On C-Span's Washington Journal Re: EMP Weapons, SHIELD Act

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R-CD8) was on C-Span's Washington Journal program early this morning for a long interview. He discussed a topic that he has become the leading Congressional voice on: Electromagnetic Pulses - both natural and manmade weapons.  Much of the 39 minutes is dedicated to the subject. Arizona's Politics has occasionally covered Franks' efforts in the past.

The text of Rep. Franks' SHIELD Act (H.R. 2417) is below the video.  The bill currently has 30 co-sponsors (including one Democrat). Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) is the only co-sponsor from the Arizona delegation.



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rep. Sinema Only Arizona Democrat To Condemn Obama Administration's Bergdahl/Taliban Prisoner Exchange

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) was the only of the five Democrats in the Arizona Congressional delegation to break ranks and vote with all of the House Republicans to condemn and disapprove of how the Obama Administration pulled off the exchange that returned U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to the U.S. in return for freeing five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo.

The House voted 249-163 this afternoon to "condem(n) and disapprov(e) of the failure of the Obama administration to comply with the lawful 30-day statutory reporting requirement in executing the transfer of five senior members of the Taliban" and expressing "grave concern over the repercussions of negotiating with terrorists".  The entire text of the resolution is below.

Sinema is one of 22 Democrats to vote for the resolution.  The Hill's one-sentence teaser for their article says "the Democratic defectors were largely a who's who of endangered incumbents."

However, Sinema is considered only the 3rd most endangered incumbent in Arizona; neither Reps. Ron Barber (D-CD2) nor Ann Kirkpartick (D-CD1) voted for the condemnation.  Both Barber and Kirkpatrick are in races that have been rated as "toss-ups" by one or more national independent handicappers; Sinema's CD9 is generally listed as "leans Democratic".






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Saturday, September 6, 2014

BREAKING, FIRST WATCH: Koch Brothers' Americans For Prosperity Returns To Barber Bashing On TV After 6-Month Break (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The Koch-fueled Americans for Prosperity released a new TV ad today attacking Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) for voting to end the government shutdown last October and for raising the debt ceiling two other times.


AFP issued a news release announcing their new multi-pronged, million-dollar-plus "accountability" ad buy against several Representatives and Senators on the 4th, but did not release the ad until today.  Coupled with the fact that the ad is in the "electioneering communication" format ("Tell Ron Barber: Stop the Reckless Spending", with the phone number on the screen) rather than a typical campaign ad, and it would appear that AFP is trying to nimbly skirt disclosing how much they are spending on the ad.

September 4 was one day outside of the 60 day period before the election which would require reporting.  However, unlike the similar ad campaign against Barber in late 2013 and early 2014, Tucson TV stations are now required to post the details of such ad buys in their online, publicly-available FCC files.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

UPDATED: Sssshhhhh! U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Arizona Rep. Sinema; One of Five Democrats In Nation

(UPDATED, 5:35pm: Rep. Sinema's campaign issued a news release announcing and accepting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's endorsement late this afternoon.  It includes this quote from the Congresswoman:  "Arizona families depend on good jobs to make ends meet. I promised in 2012 to work with anyone to create opportunities and good jobs in our district.  I am honored to receive this endorsement and will continue to work with the business community to ensure every Arizona family gets ahead.”)

Very quietly, in the last couple of days, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed four Democrats.  Today, it added Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9).  Sinema is only the 5th Democrat to receive a nod from the major business lobbying organization.

 No Chamber press release trumpeted the endorsement, and it is unlikely the Chamber of Commerce will spend any money supporting Sinema as she campaigns for re-election against Wendy Rogers, the GOP nominee. 

Arizona's Politics leaarned of the endorsement when it was reviewing the new independent expenditures by the Chamber on behalf of Martha McSally in CD2.

The U.S. CoC's scorecard gives Sinema a higher base rating than two of the four Republicans in Arizona's Congressional delegation.

The other four Democrats endorsed by the Chamber are Reps. Scott Peters (CA), John Barrow (GA), Henry Cuellar (TX) and Jim Costa (CA).


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BREAKING, UPDATE: Giffords' Initial Buy Taking Aim At McSally Exceeds Half-Million Dollars (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The opening salvo fired at Martha McSally by Gabby Giffords' Americans for Responsible Solutions ("ARS") totals $557,620.62 and includes (lots of) TV ads, digital advertising and direct mail.

ARS filed their Federal Election Commission report today, detailing the spending.  Arizona's Politics reported on the TV ads Wednesday, based upon Channel 4's report, and the then-just posted ads.

The new report details that each TV ad cost $17,500 to produce and will have $179,000 worth of airtime.  It also details an expenditure of some $75,000 for direct mail and $89,000 for digital advertising.

Ironically, the TV ads criticize McSally for receiving a $1,000 direct contribution and a $13,000 independent expenditure from the National Rifle Association in her 2012 campaign, and the effect that those "lobbyist" expenditures had on her positions; ARS has positioned itself as the national counterweight to the NRA, and its support for Barber is now dwarfing that provided to McSally by the NRA.

(The ads can be viewed at our previous post.)

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