Monday, September 22, 2014

FIRST WATCH: American Encore Drops New $128K Ad Touting Ducey's "Steady Leadership" On Education; 50 Shades of Dark Money Scale (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Sean Noble's American Encore has released a new $128,000 television ad touting Treasurer Doug Ducey's "Steady Leadership" on educational issues.

The 2nd advertisement from the dark money independent expenditure committee supporting the GOP nominee for Governor touts Ducey's leadership roles on education ballot measures that were on the 2012 ballot: for Prop. 118 - which established a different formula for how much Arizona schools receive from state trust lands - and opposing Prop. 204 - the continuation of the state sales tax that was tied to education and other items.

On the "50 Shades of Dark Money" scale introduced last week, the American Encore effort receives a 48 "nearly black" score.  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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