A couple of couples were chiefly responsible for keeping the lights on for the entire Arizona Democratic Party in 2013, and the state party is carrying bills that normally should be paid on a monthly basis. Financial reports filed at both the state and federal levels paint a grim picture coming out of a non-election year. The federal account is more than $58,000 in the red - larger than either major Arizona party has experienced in recent years.
* Clarifications, reaction, 1:30pm: Arizona's Politics has received an absolute denial from the Arizona Democratic Party that it has ever skipped any credit card payments. D.J. Quinlan, Executive Director of the ADP, assures Arizona's Politics that no payments were missed; he is going to review page 81 of the December FEC report, where it appears.
Quinlan also assures readers that - due to the complexities of reporting for state parties - one must analyze the FEC reports and the state reports together to get a more complete view of operating finances. For example, the total revenues of the ADP are closer to being a combination of the both FEC reports and state reports. (In addition to this, you have to match up the different time periods covered by the reports.) Doing this, you come to the conclusion that the Roes and Pedersons together provided approximately 22% of the ADP's total revenues for 2013. Arizona's Politics recognizes these complexities, and attempts to accurately distinguish between the FEC reports and the state reports.
Regarding the deficit, Quinlan notes that off-election years are typically lean but that the party decided to continue to run a robust party operation to better position them for the upcoming elections.
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