Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FIRST WATCH: American Encore Adds 2nd Ad To Its Pro-Ducey/Anti-DuVal Rotation, $213K Buy; #50ShadesOfDarkMoney Score (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

American Encore now has a new anti-Fred DuVal ads up and running in heavy rotation.  Arizona's Politics previewed the first one on Monday, praising GOP nominee Doug Ducey; here is the new one, hammering DuVal for his history of working both in government and as a lobbyist.

American Encore filed a $257,000 spending report with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office yesterday, which includes the ad and other expenditures.  Producing the ad cost $5,000 and there are two spends of $213,126 for TV.  An ad buy report filed today with the FCC by KPNX (Channel 12, Phoenix) indicates $185,500 of airtime in the Phoenix market.

American Encore has now spent a total of at least $905,000 since the primary election ended on August 26.  Voters will have no idea where that money came from.  American Encore is a 501(c )(4) social welfare organization that only divulges its donors privately to the IRS.

Arizona's Politics has assigned American Encore a "nearly black" score of 48 on its "50 Shades of Dark Money" scale. American Encore - formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights - is the nationally-known organization run by Arizona political consultant (and nice guy/Disney enthusiast) Sean Noble.

In fact, Arizona's Politics has called on Ducey in the past to disclose whether he and Noble - through sister entity Americans for Responsible Leadership - "anonymized" $1Million of contributions to the Ducey's effort to oppose Prop. 204 in 2012.

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