Russell Pearce Pummeled in Attack Ad by Citizens United for Progress

Brilliant new anti-Pearce ad from CUP

Citizens United for Progress, the group responsible for sending out fliers targeting state Senate President Russell Pearce in the Legislative District 18 recall election, will begin running the above anti-Pearce attack ad on local TV either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

The info in the ad is solid, even if the source of the ad is suspect. On Thursday, the Arizona Secretary of State's Office announced an audit of CUP and two other so-called "Citizens United" groups.

The SOS argues that the group should register and follow reporting requirements dictated by Arizona law.

"Any entity whose primary purpose is to influence elections," said Bennett via press release, "they must register as a political committee, disclose their contributors and list their expenditures."

CUP, through its statutory agent, Phoenix attorney Steven Hirsch, argues that because of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, it doesn't have to do jack. 

In Citizens, the high court forbade the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions. It did not invalidate requirements on reporting those expenditures. But Hirsch takes another view.

"It is...correct that Citizens United for Progress has not registered or filed expenditure notifications with the Secretary of State," Hirsch wrote to state elections director Amy Chan on October 21. "We respectfully disagree with your inferred conclusion that this non-profit entity is required to do so."

CUP's "primary purpose" seems to be that of influencing the outcome of the LD18 recall race. Formed as a non-profit corporation in August, it has as its "director " one Justin Tash, an undergrad at Arizona State University. The mailing address given is a UPS mail box on ASU's Tempe campus.

Tash is the son of William Tash, owner of Cactus Investigation, a private detective agency, of which William's son Justin is a part owner.

Though it's a little difficult to swallow that an ASU student all on his lonesome could form a corporation and raise enough money to send out thousands of fliers and produce a slick TV ad, I guess it's possible that Tash is a young Barry Goldwater in the making. 

Still, one wonders if Tash was recruited to be the "director" by the moneymen (or women) behind the enterprise. A lot of lawyers around town use Cactus Investigation, you see.

The group's spokesman, Republican political consultant Chase Barrett, denies that Tash was recruited. According to Barrett, the group has "a variety of donors," and its main purpose is "educating the electorate." 

Sources have indicated to me that GOP consultant Kyle Moyer has had a hand in the creation of CUP. So far, Moyer has not returned my calls asking for comment. Barrett, however, said that Moyer was not involved in CUP

Also, Barrett promised that CUP would not be disappearing after November 8, and that it had "other issues" that it would be advocating for or against.

Barrett was briefly the spokesperson for Pearce-foe Jerry Lewis after Lewis announced his candidacy for state Senate. In 2008, he worked for Republican Kevin Gibbons in the LD18 GOP primary, where Gibbons challenged Pearce.

No doubt the wingnut blogs will attempt to make much of these associations. However, the pool of Republican political consultants in this town is highly incestuous, to say the least. They all know each other, and at one time or another, seem to have worked either with or for each other.

Take Moyer, for instance. Moyer apparently still owns shares in Chad Willems' Summit Consulting, which is managing Pearce's re-election campaign. This, at least, is what Summit's most recent filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission indicates.

Yet, Moyer is a local player in his own right with Kyle Moyer and Company, which appears to be  involved with a different Citizens United group, the pro-Wes Gullett "organization" Arizona Citizens United.

ACU also boasts a UPS box as its headquarters, and once again, attorney Steven Hirsch is the non-profit's statutory agent. 

ACU's director is Rachel Naylor, a young employee of Moyer's. I've contacted both Naylor and Moyer in a variety of ways, asking for them to confirm that she is the same Naylor listed as director. So far, no reply.

Though, politically, I like both the CUP mailers and the TV ad, I wish that the people behind CUP had enough stones to do things by the book and not hide behind these various intrigues and this lame the-Citizens-United-decision-absolves-us-from-all-wrongdoing line.

Jerry Lewis has not been deceptive in his campaign. Nor has the anti-Pearce, pro-recall group Citizens for a Better Arizona. Better if all the deception's in Pearce's lap as we head into November 8.

So much sweeter then will be the win.


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Coz
Coz

Wow, the ad fits Pearce to a T....

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

It appears Chad Snow and Randy Parraz are cut from the same cloth as Joel Fox!They are protecting that contributer list for a reason.

Markus West
Markus West

his guy needs to be ousted, now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

geez louise
geez louise

Let's clear up the mess that Arpaio has left in the dirt to get elected at all costs. Christ, opponents have moved out of the lower 48 just to get away from his corrupt election machine. After that, and the Cortes crap, then maybe this group will bearing looking into.

The demoocrats have never had the balls to fight fire with fire. What you have here is republicans doing what they do best. Only this time folks who post here like "dirty sanchez" are outraged because the republicans are eating one of their own.

What is fascinating is that it's sanchez's party, not the dems, doing what it does best. Only this time it's pitting one Repulbican against another.

It was bound to happen some day. It couldn't be kept 'in house, in party.' It's finaly seeped out and it is a sweet smell of stink.

guest
guest

All I have to say is, Rachel Naylor is hott. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The ad seems factual enough. 

Snorin' Alliance
Snorin' Alliance

Pearce, the guy who slaps his wife around, hangs with nazi pinheads, games the system by putting up sham candidates, won't pay back the bribe money from Fiesta Bowl, and that is just his character (or lack thereof), as a legislator, he is a failure, pushing unconstitutional, garbage bills and preaching smaller government, while sucking in all the public money he can.

Get this asshole out of office, and most importantly...out of power.

Ingrid
Ingrid

The ad is stupid and reflects the retardedness of demorat baby killers. Mesa voters will reject the liberal faggot lewis.

Tina
Tina

That TV ad is so gratifying for us who are knowledgeable about Pearce's unconscionable shenanigans and false claims.  However, I fully agree with Stephen about CUP not playing by the book, hiding behind various intrigues, etc.  

When CUP received negative attention over its "above the law" actions (not registering its committee)  after its previous mailers, I also appreciated the statements by Lewis co-chair John Giles, reported in the 10/21 Arizona Republic.

"Lewis campaign co-chairman John Giles said they do not know Tash, are not connected to Citizens United for Progress, and do not condone the committee's actions. 'We certainly don't approve of any group, on either side of this election, operating outside of state campaign laws,' Giles said."  

Although I've received gobs of stuff in the mail from the various Pearce campaign committees,  oddly I never received even one of CUP's previous mailers.  So probably won't receive what CUP is intending to mail out now, either.  Pearce's reports, and those of a couple of the organizations supporting him, are deficient in a few obvious areas, and Olivia Cortes' report has also been reported to the AG's office for an investigation of its major legal violations. 

It's too bad that the creators of thes "incestuous"  Citizens United organizations want to mess things up not comply with harmless campaign finance laws.      

Jason
Jason

This ad targeting Pearce is the best feature I've seen on the subject.

Pearce is definitely going to be knocked down with this ad. Now let's keep him down for the count. Vote Lewis on 11/8.

maxparraz
maxparraz

Lemmons has got to be, hands down, the stupidest party hack EVER pretending to be a "journalist"! So a group is spending what. 50k to smear Pearce, with completely unknown, secret source and not only is that OK with him, but hey! Republicans are behind! What a friggin MORON!

so, now you Liberals will stop the witch hunt of Cortes.?

oh wait. Liberal Hypocrisy. forgot about that

and BTW, is Lemmons go be visiting Hirsch in jail too?

slinkie
slinkie

Just like rats in lab experiment when the food runs out they start eating each other,could we be witnessing the complete implosion of the Republican party in Az.

teknik1200
teknik1200

well said, I was about to post:

at the end of the day they are all republicans after all.

the democrats are spineless.  look at 06-08 when they rolled over belly up to gwb.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thanks Tina,that was one of the funniest clips I've seen in a while ! Great stuff !

AlgerHiss
AlgerHiss

Oh, and Olivia Cortes is NOT.

AlgerHiss
AlgerHiss

And she likes "men" on her Facebook profile. A beautiful thing.

Ted
Ted

Ingie, you definitely have some screws loose. Just a grammatical point, it's amoral, not demoral as you have posted. Learn your language, expand your mind beyond the narrow confines you now seem limited to. You are a nasty shrew making those horrible comments in your final sentence. You are not a Mormon, that's for sure. Are you one of Rusty's girls?

Jason
Jason

You sure about that?

Why did more than 10,000 of Pearce's OWN constituents sign a petition to fire his sorry ass from yet another public-service job?

Lewis is running, and he WILL win, to restore sanity back to the state and politics in general.

Get over yourself. Pearce will fall, and Lewis will win.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Now THAT was an articulate and mature argument....

Fed Up In LD18
Fed Up In LD18

Each statement is sourced, how can you say it's stupid? It looks spot on to me.

Guest23
Guest23

Wow, not even one iota of evidence to back up such blow hard claims. While there is plenty of evidence to back up the claims made by this tv ad.

Lewis is hardly liberal and the fact that you call him such and do so with a homophobic slur is evidence of you being a pearce supporter and not too bright to boot.

Anon
Anon

The ad truly depicts the truth. Well done. 

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

What you're saying is that you don't have any evidence that CUP has spent $2,500, which would trigger the reporting requirement.  Guilty until proven innocent -- sounds like the Pearce approach to stopping Hispanics on the street.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Witch hunts were, are, and will always be a right-wing thing, Sancha (or whatever your real name is). Joe McCarthy, like JT Ready, is from YOUR end of the political spectrum. Your nickname of Deep Throat.is well earned. You take in right-wing bullshit and then regurgitate it about as well as anyone in your part of the state. And that's sayin' a throat-full. You should think about applying for work with a carnival that hosts a really good freak show. How are you at biting the heads off live chickens?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Nope, the Cortes witch hunt will stop ONLY when the responsible criminals face punishment for their crimes, neither the MCSO senile old fool nor tom horne will do anything about it, so in the next election horne and the Sheriff Joke ArPayaso will be gone, once we have a new Sheriff to investigate, and a new AG to prosecute the heads are going to start rolling, starting with rus-SELL pearce's brother and the EVTP, btw rus-SELL himself will be long gone by then and will not be able to help his brother or EVTP. 

Judgement Day is coming Deep Throat, Judgement Day is coming, brace yourself, it's going to be rough, and I for one will enjoy rocking your boat until it sinks. 

Rob
Rob

You think he'll have Greg Western as a cellie? Or maybe Dan Grimm?

Bets on who's the "boy" and who's the "girl"?

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

All I can find in Arizona law is civil penalties -- and they can be assessed only against the corporation, which of course can be insolvent by the time Big Brother tries to collect.  But since you are so wise and all-knowing, can you tell us where the criminal violations can be found?  I mean, it's not like that Mexican lady who helped commit fraud.

Jason
Jason

"Great! So now you liberals will stop the witch hunt of Cortes."

You sound an awful lot like Candy Andy Thomas, yet another mentally sick GOP miscreant who's going to be disbarred, and then indicted by the feds, due to abuse of power.

Get over it, numbnuts. Your hero and savior Pearce will be booted out on his sorry, corrupt ass come next Tuesday. LD18 will welcome Jerry Lewis as their new senator.  

Jason
Jason

"Sounds like the Pearce approach to stopping Hispanics on the street."

Isn't that what the MCSO shurf does best?

We must remember that Pearce designs, sponsors, and pushes through mush for legislation, and the MCSO shurf abuses said mush legislation, all at taxpayer expense.

Tina
Tina

OC, glad you asked that question. 

 No, I don't have any evidence that at least $2,500 was spent by CUP to trigger the reporting requirement.  And I presume, neither does the Sec'y of State's election director. That's an assumption made by the SOS.   I have since seen what another voter received in the mail from CUP, and in my view the postcard informing the voter that Olivia Cortes is not a candidate cannot be mistaken for an official mailing.  I compared the postcard to the sample ballot I received in the mail a couple days ago. 

 Above the voter's name and mailing address on the sample ballot are the printed words over wavy grey lines, "OFFICIAL ELECTION MAIL."  The CUP postcard says nothing of the sort.  

It is possible that CUP does have a leg to stand on in refusing to register its organization as an Independent Expenditures committee.  It could be that it sent out only a half dozen or so of their mailings to targeted voters and New Times.  CUP  might be well under the threshold of $2,500 for its efforts.  

However, if the attack ad accompanying this article does air on TV,  it will be hard for CUP to claim as a defense that it didn't spend at least $2,500 to get their message out.  

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Vet, .... Don't stop the assault until mission accomplished.  In this particular war Pearce is a beachhead that's about to be overrun.  There are other assaults on the board as well.. Thomas and company, Arpiao, Hendershott and the brownshirts (at least the "SS" or Mace operatives and the Rump Ranger squad (2 man push)).  Then it will be time to start a full on "shock and awe" campaign against the rest of the GOP strongholds... Brewer and other members of the legislature involved in the overthrow of the people's will in the ScaryZona. Fight well, Fight hard...soldiers... carry on! 

maxparraz
maxparraz

WRONG. Campaigns signs? Independent Expenditure. Completely legal

Petition gatherers? Independent Expenditure. Completely legal

Sorry, you nutballs LOSE!

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

OC, ignorance of the law is no excuse, but that's not what got her in trouble, it's those around her that did not properly educate her.  While a gun is pointed in her direction there are many others, bigger guns and I think the larger caliber shots will be fired at those who knowingly made her a target. 

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

GOD  I love a good witch hunt!... the smell of burning corruption in the morning!  The crying, moaning, screaming, bitching and whining as they hear their own asses sizzling and the smell of bacon and ham ....

Tina
Tina

Nope, I'm sure no expert on TV advertising charges.  If they're as cheap as you indicate, CUP (Citizens United for Progress) might be under the $2,500 expenditure threshold. Just a wild guess.

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ARS16-914.02. Reporting independent expenditures of corporations, limited liability companies and labor organizations; statement; disclaimer and disclosure; civil action; civil penalty; violation; classification; definitions

A. Any corporation, limited liability company or labor organization that makes cumulative independent expenditures in an attempt to influence the outcome of a candidate election and in at least the following amounts in an election cycle shall register and notify the appropriate filing officer not later than one day after making that expenditure, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and other legal holidays:1. An aggregate of five thousand dollars or more in one or more statewide races.2. An aggregate of two thousand five hundred dollars or more in one or more legislative races.3. One thousand dollars or more in one or more county, city, town or other local races if the one thousand dollars is aggregated in races in a single county, city, town or other local jurisdiction.B. The secretary of state is the filing officer for registrations and notifications for independent expenditures in statewide and legislative elections. City, town or county filing officers are the filing officers for notifications in a city, town, county or other local election as provided in section 16-916. The corporation, limited liability company or labor organization also shall notify the filing officer within the same time limit prescribed in subsection A of this section of each additional accumulation of expenditures that exceeds the threshold amount prescribed in subsection A of this section but is not required to register again during that election cycle after the initial registration. A corporation, limited liability company or labor organization may register with the filing officer and provide a notarized, sworn statement of authority in advance of the expenditure in anticipation of making an independent expenditure. The secretary of state shall provide for electronic filing for registrations and notifications and shall provide for website access to the information for the public. Filings at the secretary of state's office shall be in the form prescribed by the secretary of state. Other filing officers shall prescribe the format for filing registrations and notifications and shall provide for public access to that information. On or after November 27, 2012 and at the request of the local election filing officer, the secretary of state may provide for electronic filing pursuant to this section for local elections.C. The registration shall include all of the following:1. The name and address of the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization.2. The name, title, electronic mail address and telephone number of the person authorizing the independent expenditure.D. Each notification shall include all of the following:1. The name and address of the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization making the independent expenditure.2. The amount of the expenditure and the name of the vendor or other payee receiving the expenditure.3. The name of the candidate and race in which the expenditure was made and whether the expenditure was in support of or opposition to the candidate.4. The communication medium and description of what was purchased with the expenditure.5. The date of the expenditure.E. If the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization did not register and provide a notarized sworn statement in advance of the expenditure as prescribed by this section, the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization shall file with the secretary of state or other appropriate filing officer within five days after an initial threshold expenditure as prescribed in subsection A of this section a notarized sworn statement that the person, agent or officer filing the registration and notice had authority to make that expenditure on behalf of the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization. Until the secretary of state or other filing officer receives the notarized sworn statement, the filing officer shall categorize the notification as unverified. If the secretary of state or other filing officer does not receive the notarized sworn statement within the required five day time frame, the notification shall be categorized as both unverified and delinquent. The filing officer shall make reasonable efforts to contact the entity that made the expenditure and remove the notification from public view within a reasonable time if unable to verify that the entity made the expenditure and all penalties prescribed in this section apply.F. Any literature or advertisement that is purchased with monies from a corporation, limited liability company or labor organization making an independent expenditure in an attempt to influence the outcome of a candidate election shall disclose the name of the corporation, limited liability company or labor organization making the expenditure. Any disclosure statement required by this section shall be printed clearly and legibly in a conspicuous manner. If the communication is broadcast on radio, the information shall be spoken at the end of the communication. If the communication is broadcast on a telecommunications system, the information shall be both written and spoken at the end of the communication, except that if the disclosure statement is written for at least five seconds of a thirty second advertisement broadcast or ten seconds of a sixty second advertisement broadcast, a spoken disclosure statement is not required. If the communication is broadcast on a telecommunications system, the written disclosure statement shall be printed in letters equal to or larger than four per cent of the vertical picture height. The literature or advertisement shall include the words "paid for by" in the disclosure followed by the name of the entity making the expenditure and shall also state that it is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's campaign committee.G. Subsection F of this section does not apply to bumper stickers, pins, buttons, pens and similar small items on which the statements required in subsection F of this section cannot be conveniently printed or to a communication by an organization solely to its members.H. Any corporation, limited liability company or labor organization that fails to register, notify or disclose as required by this section is liable in a civil action pursuant to section 16-924 brought by the attorney general, county attorney or city or town attorney, as appropriate, for a civil penalty of up to three times the total amount of the expenditure.I. Any person who makes a knowingly false filing relating to an independent expenditure pursuant to this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.J. For violations that occur before November 27, 2012, a reasonable cause determination for a violation of this section may only be made by the secretary of state's office and not by any other filing officer. On or after November 27, 2012, the local election jurisdiction and filing officers may make their own reasonable cause determinations for violations of this section or may elect to continue to have the office of the secretary of state make those reasonable cause determinations on their behalf. A civil or criminal enforcement action may not be filed until after the issuance of a reasonable cause determination.K. Any entity that makes an independent expenditure and that is organized primarily for the purpose of influencing an election and that is a combination of corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations or that is a corporation, limited liability company or labor organization that accepts donations or contributions shall file with the filing officer as a political committee as otherwise provided by law.L. For the purposes of this section, an expenditure occurs on the date on which literature or advertisements are deposited at the post office for mailing, submitted to a communications system for broadcast or submitted to a newspaper or similar print medium for printing and, with respect to an expenditure for signs, the date on which a sign is first posted.M. For the purposes of this section:1. "Independent expenditure" has the same meaning prescribed in sec 16-901, except that it is made by a corporation, a limited liability company or a labor organization and except as prescribed in subsection L of this section.2. "Local election" means an election in a county, city, town, school district or special district. 

Tina
Tina

Some excerpts from the lead editorial in today's (11/1/11) Arizona Republic "Throw a Light on Secret Funds" pertaining to campaign cash since last year's USSC decision are an eye opener for many.

"Not many voters may have noticed yet, but our system of financing political campaigns is in enormous turmoil."

"The pattern is this: An innocuous sounding non-profit organization legally forms, usually with just one or two 'directors,' and declares that less than half of its reason for existence will be to advocate for political issues or candidates -- a key provision to sidestep Arizona's campaign-finance reporting requirements.

Then, other organizations incorporate and begin funding the non-profits.  Because this second corporation isn't actually spending the money, it isn't controlled at all by reporting requirements.

Then other organizations incorporate and begin funding the non-profits.  Because this second corporation isn't actually spending the money, it isn't controlled at all by reporting requirements.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of dollars are flowing anonymously into political campaigns both nationally and in local races in Arizona."

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

So, since you are apparently an expert on how much Cox charges to run a few spots in the Mesa market, how much is that?  Cable TV in other markets can cost $10 to $50 for each insertion, depending on the channel.  And I can't find where anyone is saying how often the spot will run.  The LBJ Daisy ad was broadcast only once; I don't think the Herman Cain smoker ad has run at all, except on the Internet.  A campaign can draw a lot of attention with very little expense, if it does things right.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Businesses do not have to register as Independent Expenditure committees, because they're not Independent Expenditure committees. So they don't have to report like those committees. They do have trigger reports they have to file based on amounts of money they spend, but they don't have to disclose where the money comes from, just where they spent it and for what. That's state law.

Sorry folks, but that's the law. My guess is after all's said and done, there's nothing to see here. It's the law and as long as they conform, it's all perfectly legal.

Ted
Ted

Wow, you're a parrot too! What a poor foolish Rethug tool!

Ted
Ted

When you call others pansy-ass in your misguided attempt to protect Pearce's brother who has broken ethical judicial canons, as well criminal laws yet to be determined by the authorities, you label yourself a fool! And why do you constantly lie Max?

Ted
Ted

You poor delusional troll. You keep showing us that your mental capacities are severely sub-par while attempting to lie to us with your pathetic Rethug talking points. Sorry but we, the electorate, are certainly able to see right through your Rethug bullshit and vote for our real best interest, not your warped teaper fantasies!

Jason
Jason

Thanks for reminding me. I simply typed too fast.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Jason,I have to respectfuly disagree with you, it is SHIT for brains not shell for brains !

Jason
Jason

Really? Why wasn't it featured in the NT, the EV Tribune, or the Arizona Republic?

I thought so. Because neither Lewis, nor his campaign, designed or submitted mailers.

All you do is babble, rather incoherently. Are you drunk, or do you like hearing yourself talk?

maxparraz
maxparraz

State election officials say they believe a mailer sent in the Nov. 8 recall election of Senate President Russell Pearce violates Arizona campaign finance law by being deceptive.

The secretary of state contends that one mailer is deceptive because of its labeling and a quote from a government official, the Maricopa County recorder.

Tina
Tina

You are looney-tunes sanchez.  When campaign signs and petition gatherers are NOT reported -- grave omissions in Pearce's and Cortes' reports -- the reports are completely ILLEGAL,  

Jason
Jason

Can you prove the mailers were illegal, shell for brains?

I didn't think so.

STFU dumbass.

Jason
Jason

"Better start looking for a new hero."

Maybe his new hero will be Candy Andy Thomas, who's facing disbarment and a potential federal indictment for abuse of power.

Or maybe he'll select the Flaccid Fool of MCSO, someone who has cost taxpayers everything, including the crown jewels of Maricopa County, over his failed policies. The MCSO shurf is also the subject of TWO federal investigations,

He could always select Horne, whose general incompetence landed him the AG's job. Horne has endorsed mentally sick Pearce in the recall election.

and on and on and on...

maxparraz
maxparraz

and 30k of mailers were sent out in support of Lewis violation of state law

Do us all a favor. Check yourself into a mental institution. You are in dire need of some meds for those voices bouncing around in your head.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"WRONG. Campaigns signs? Independent Expenditure. Completely legal"

ROFLMAO!!!!!  You seriously have to be the KING of the MORONS, ROFL!!!

Campaign signs legal?  that's why they are still up uh?  Last I check they were ILLEGAL and had to be taken DOWN.

"Independent Expenditure. Completely legal"  ROFL now this is a good one, LOL, that's why the people responsible for the expenses of hiring signature collectors, printing signs, posting signs, building websites, etc. all for Cortes are coming forward and saying:  "Yes I did it so what!"  uh?  LOL, idiot last I checked all of the people responsible are hiding like cockroaches between the cracks and no one is taking responsibility, that's why there IS AN INVESTIGATION to uncover WHO VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAWS, that's why Cortes, Greg Western, and Dan Grimm all have pulled a MCSO flaccid fool response and testified "I KNOW NOTHING, NOTHING!!!!", not to mention that the moment Rus-SELL pearce's BROTHER lester pearce got subpoenaed to testify both pearces got a case of the shits that probably lasted a month, if not longer. And THAT is the reason Cortes dropped out.

Admit it Deep Throat, your hero is done, he is down and out for the count, better start looking for a new hero.

 

Jason
Jason

Actually, numbnuts, it DOES matter. In this case, it was Greg Western and the EVTP who paid for Cortes' campaign signs, in complete violation of city code and state law. Look it up at azleg.gov.

Click Legislative Council

Arizona Revised Statutes

Title 16.

As far as Lester is concerned, a monkey can run legal circles around him. Lester is an uneducated hick who has no concept of the law, just like his brother, Russell "Mr. Rule of Law" Pearce.

Do us all a favor. Check yourself into a mental institution. You are in dire need of some meds for those voices bouncing around in your head.  

maxparraz
maxparraz

ok dummy. it didn't have a 'paid for' on it. WHO paid for it don't matter ONE STINKIN BIT. Independent Expenditure. Like, for instance, spending 30k to send out mailers supporting Lewis !

as far as Lester - BTW, he laughs at you all and your little pansy ass "oh, let me play legal expert" hahahahhahahahhaa

Jason
Jason

Um, Cortes' campaign signs were deemed ILLEGAL by the City of Mesa.

Petition gatherers? Do members of Pearce's family, including his JP brother, Lester, who violated Canon Four of the Judicial Ethics Code, count as petition gatherers, therefore qualifying as an independent expenditure? Nope. Also illegal.

You really need to pull your firmly lodged head out of your ass. Your brain (if it even exists) has been severely deprived of oxygen.  

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Failure to follow the comments thread is no excuse, either.  Sancho suggested Hirsch is going to jail.  I asked him where the criminal violation would be.  Confused, you thought I was asking about someone else.

Jason
Jason

You're making me hungry over here...

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