Russell Pearce Anti-Recall Group Scores $5K in Union Dough

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Who says this guy doesn't love unions?

I'm on my way to a function I must attend tonight, but I just saw that Matt Tolman's anti-recall committee Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall has filed its financials with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.

Total receipts: $72,610, with one of the largest contributions coming from a union, specifically the Phoenix Police union PLEA (i.e., the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association), which ponied up $5,000. 

So whenever you look for the union label, look inside state Senate President Pearce's pocket.

(The Mesa Fraternal Order of Police shelled out $250, likely just to say it gave something.) 

Individual contributions came in from all across the country: Texas, California, Arkansas, Virginia, etc. I reckon that "outsider" money is a-okay as long as you're the one receiving it.

There were local donors as well, of course, including Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who gave $1,200. Ain't that sweet? And everyone tells me he wants your job, Joe. Maybe it's Joe's way of making sure Pearce never runs for sheriff.

As far as expenditures go, the big winner was Integrated Web Strategy, owned by Max Fose, a former political aide to U.S. Senator John McCain and a political operative who helped pimp the one cent rise in the state sales tax. Fose scored $50,633 from his work for CWOPR, according to the report.

Pearce spokesman and former weatherman Ed Phillips garnered $2,500 for selling his soul to Old Scratch. (Phillips is a moderate Republican, also known as a RiNO, you see). Really, Ed, you should have held out for more.

The P.I. firm Specialized Investigations pulled $750. For what, you've got to wonder? Maybe they were hunting whomever it was who threw that padlock at Pearce-foe Jerry Lewis? Um, yeah, probably not.

I'll look over the filing further when I have more time. Feel free to take a gander yourselves, and make your own observations. You can access it, here.


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Reggie VV
Reggie VV

Mayor Mark Nexsen of Lake Havasu City gave $250 to Pearce.  For everything Pearce did to City budgets you should be ashamed.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Interesting list of contributors of more than $25 from states other than Arizona:

Oregon, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, California, Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Tennessee, Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Nebraska, New York, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Hawaii, Wyoming, Kentucky, Idaho, Virginia, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alaska, South Carolina, Colorado, Montana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois. I would imagine there were others I missed since I stopped at page 27 of the 87 page report.

I found some interesting contributors.

These folks all used na, na, na, 00000 as their city, state and zip code entry:

Stephen Papp, Michael Carr, and Louise Rogers.

They must be awfully proud to have contributed.**************************************************************************************************************Jail Commander Bruce Brown, of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office made a contribution.If pearce can keep CCA in business then the jail commander can stay in business. But why Mohave County, I wonder?

Bishop Kristin Monday of the Community Church of Truth, in Sedona, made a contribution. I will guess the Bishop has spent too much time hovering over the vortex and she doesn't understand this contribution will not make pearce able to tell any truths. Just my opinion, of course.

Dick Godbehere listed himself as "Sheriff, Maricopa County". Honestly? So there really is a sheriff in Maricopa County?

Burton Zeller gave $100. He lists himself as an Intelligence Officer for the Department of Defense. Now, it all makes sense. **************************************************************************************************************

maxparraz
maxparraz

Imagine that. Law enforcement support Pearce. That right there should be reason #1 for Pearce to win

and on the flip side, Parraz was paid 25k, plus expenses, to recall Pearce. and well over 90% of the CBA donations came from outside LD18

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Randy Parraz made $25,000 in "consulting fees," which is probably about what he could have made for the same number of hours, working at WalMart, which also would have qualified him to buy their health insurance.  But what's this "utilities" bill that the recall committee was also paying for him?  Probably a phone bill, and it would probably look better if that's what the CFR explained.

And $405.50 for airfare?  What did he do, charter a plane from Scottsdale to Mesa?

What's with Chad Snow receiving a refund of his $1,500 contribution?  If it was a loan, should have called it a loan in the first place.

Vic
Vic

Interesting to note how very few donations are from LD18 and almost none from Utah either. As I side note I see that our former sheriff is retired in Hawaii, nice gig being sheriff in this county!

Tina
Tina

Oh brother!  Something that screams by its absence on these CWOPR expenditure reports is the cost and installation of those 300 4' x 8' red signs "featuring" Randy Parraz (containing those libelous messages about Parraz) that were initially unlawfully put up between August 15 and August 17.

  They were everywhere,  blanketing not only arterial streets and intersections in LD 18 and other parts of Mesa, but were posted in some Gilbert, Chandler and Tempe locations as well. 

Probably the bulk of them violated city setback requirements, and sometimes there were 3 of those large signs on one corner.  The signs gave  the responsible party as Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, but not the legally required (state law) phone number of that responsible party.  The city's phones were ringing off the hook from irate Mesa citizens for over a week about  this overwhelming blight that had suddenly inundated all their streets.

   The city enforcement people learned from the State that Matt Tolman headed the committee, but except for a Mesa P.O. box, didn't know how to contact him  until a furious citizen provided them with Tolman's home phone number and address in LD 18.

Thus the City enforcement division heads insisted Tolman come and meet with them on the morning of Wed. August 24 about the unlawful signs. 

 Tolman arrived at their meeting  accompanied by Max Fose of IWS, who provided them with his card.  (The city people didn't know who Max Fose was, and probably still don't.)  The meeting was cordial, and Tolman was given a demand letter of rules and regulations about political signs which they also explained.....primarily that  ALL the signs needed to be removed within 24 hours because state law requires that no political signs can be erected earlier than 60 days before the election, that the earliest the signs can be set out is Sept. 9. Otherwise the city would confiscate the signs.  

Tolman and Fose understood and  agreed to comply.  However, about 3 hours later the city people received a call from Tolman or someone else from the Pearce campaign, saying that they would not heed the city's demands about removing the signs, claiming that the state law did not apply to recall elections.   Hence, later that same day the Deputy City Manager wrote to Tolman at the CWOPR P.O. box, and emailed a copy of the letter to Max Fose,  which effectively stated the same thing as the previous letter that was given Tolman earlier in the day.  This letter from the Deputy City Manager extended the deadline for removing all the signs until Mon. August 29 at 5:00 p.m.  

Except for a couple that they missed and came back for, the CWOPR  signs were then removed  that weekend of Aug. 27 - 28, 

  Around Sept. 11 or 12,  many of those same large red  signs were then re-posted, most with proper right-of-way setbacks, and not nearly the number of them that they originally had erected.   

There are NO expenditures listed for the creation, installation, removal and re-installation of these large red 4' x 8' signs on the submitted CWOPR report.    A late expenditure on Oct. 18 of $ 7,500 to Max Fose's IWS website company for "sign installation" is inconsistent with the facts.  I tend to believe the same thing as Oblivious Cortex, in light of the $50,000+ total expenditures to Max Fose's website company.  I too suspect that Fose is the "laundry man" for expenditures that were passed on to Constantin Querard for the design and production of those large red CWOPR signs, their installation, removal,  and re-posting of them along Mesa's major streets well, beginning two months before October 18.           

 

zooed
zooed

Contributors to the Lewis-Perraz-Snow recall jamboree: 

Common Cause, MoveOn.org [lunatic left] the National Education Association [job security-love them classrooms stuffed with illegals' kids], the Service Employees International Union [love them illegal alien union dues] and the Tides Voter Action Fund [community organizers].

Stacy
Stacy

Someone should demand that the Sec of State enforce the disclosure of the contributor's employer and occupation for disclosure purposes.  This is how these reports should be transparent... what if they all worked for CCA or something.. Also, I can't believe Clint Bolick from the GWI gave $$ to Pearce.. Ugh !

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Well, let’s not feel too sorry for Ed Phillips. He collected another $5,000 from the Pearce campaign itself.

How does that work, anyway, where an "independent expenditure" group is paying the same guy  the candidate is paying?

And how about that campaign event out at Larry Wendt’s Cave Creek bar? Where does that show up? Everyone paid for their own drinks?

I counted 226 individual contributors with Mesa addresses, more or less. You have to be careful counting these because there must have been a dozen from La Mesa, California. Is there another Pearce cousin there?

Someone must have gone door to door in Leisure World, lots of money collected there. (Is that even in LD 18?) Many of the Mesa donors are reluctant to give their occupation and employer. Of course, many of them are retired.  Then there’s William Morrissey of Mesa, who lists his occupation as technician with Am. West Airlines.

Anyway, 226 out of, it looks like maybe 1,800 total. That means 87 percent of the contributors don’t live in the district, but want to spend their money on telling its residents how to vote.

The biggest contributor to Pearce’s 2011 campaign, is the leftover money from his 2008 campaign. That was $66,599. I bet he wasn’t planning on spending that till next year. Is it just coincidence that he still has $70,000 left over, at the close of the reporting period?

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Well, now we know that Pearce supporter Dan "No Comment" Grimm contributed $100 to the Olivia Cortes campaign. We know that Ken Western used his copying machine to make duplicates of her nominating petitions, but we don’t know who paid for the originals. We know that there is enough money to pay back Olivia the $586 she loaned her aborted campaign.

Presumably she also gets to keep all those extra checks she ordered through Wells Fargo. I hope she lets us know when the eBay auction starts.

The fairy-tale campaign expense report, of course, is better for Lewis than a home run with two out and two strikes on the batter in the bottom of the ninth.  If he loses by a margin less than Olivia's total, Ryan the Lion will be back in court, with a good case to present.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Is it true there is a new pro-pearce mailer that says.

"Turn this in for $20 if you agree to ignore the fact that I'm an ignorant bigot when you vote!

Send this with a copy of your ballot to CQ, and include your mailing address and phone number for our records!"

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

OK, I keep trying to read this story but the Merrill Lynch ad keeps expanding to cover much of it.  Merrill Lynch, of course, is owned by Bank of America, which can trace its roots to 1904 San Francisco, where it was established as the Bank of Italy, to help Italian immigrants.  That was back in the days when there were no quotas, so the Arpaios did not have to wait in line.

We all should go back to school to learn how to design web pages, if that's all that Integrated Web Strategies did for the Pearce campaign.  $50,000?  Even for a McCain protege, that's a lot of cash.  But here's a clue:  The payment of $7,500 on October 18 was for "sign installation."  How much do you want to bet that IWS is a middleman between Connie Querard, and Russell Pearce?  (Or maybe Olivia Cortes.)

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

There are quite a few contributors from Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and the northwest parts of the state. Locally it seems most of the contributions are coming from west valley, Wrinkle City, Menopause Manor, and the like...Not so much in Mesa or LD-18 where they actually know pearce..

Tina
Tina

Strange, probably a coincidence, but I knew a Stephen Paap who lived in Mesa, but he died unexpectedly about 10 or 15 years ago.  

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Godbehere, retired sheriff, was a halfway decent sheriff who had the good sense to get out of town while the getting was good.  I can't remember if he preceded or succeeded Jerry Hill, who had seven wives, not all at the same time, unless it was six or eight.

Here are some figures on how Pearce does when trying to raise funds among his neighbors.  He shares ZIP Code 85203 with 38 contributors -- 23 men and 15 women.  Seven of them are retired and 21 of them did not care to disclose their occupation.

In the same 85203, I counted 53 contributors to the Lewis campaign.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

$1,200 from Joe "I Don't Recall" Arpaio.  That right there should be reason #1 for "Don't Recall" Pearce.

Tina
Tina

I haven't seen CBA's report but "utilities" must be for the office they rented on Mesa's Center Street.  You know, electricity, water, sewer, etc. 

Tina
Tina

Yeah, I saw that Godbehere one, too, and laughed in amazement.  I'd rather have that skewed  misinformation, though, instead of NO information....such as NO occupation and NO employer provided for "J.B. Rush" who donated $4,500 to Constantin Querard's IE "Arizona Deserves the Best"  committee for Pearce.  

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

You will soon be deaf if the absence of such details in campaign finance reports screams out at you.  This is how it works:  Candidate pays money to political operative; political operative spends the money where and how they decide, with no accountability.

Take, for example, Secretary of State Ken Bennett.  In 2010 he received $449,000 in taxpayer money from Clean Elections.  He turned around and paid $369,000 of it to his political operatives at Coleman Dahm & Associates.  For all we know, they spent half of it to their kids for standing on street corners for a couple hours holding "Bennett for Election Regulator" signs, and the other half was kicked back to Bennett as a commission for hiring them. 

Vic
Vic

Good info,thanks.   Some of those Paaraz signs are still up in Mesa as we speak.

Lala
Lala

The jamboree will begin when Pearce is ousted. You're invited, even though you're on the wrong side of history.

Tina
Tina

Hey dopey zooed,  the "recall jamboree" was  accomplished by  at least 10,365 registered voters in LD 18 who are fed up with the likes of Russell Pearce.  Let's see,  we already have profit seeking private prison companies operating at taxpayer expense in our state.  Great is Pearce's reward in his pocketbook.    I imagine that you too,  like  Pearce's Washington D.C. billionaire  benefactor who is advocating his election,  are seeking to privatize all public education in this country.   At taxpayer expense, of course.   Do you also want to privatize fire departments and firemen?  Police departments and policemen?   They too -- oh horrors -- belong to unions, you know.

Are you trying to say that Pearce is opposed to unions?

maestramadremia
maestramadremia

nd when he looses, I believe he will have to donate the remainder to the charity of his choice.

Steve Muratore
Steve Muratore

Interesting point.  It seems it would be difficult to avoid "coordinating" the activities or being actually "independent" when both entities are paying the same person/company.

Maybe that's who Ken Bennett should be auditing.

Steve Muratore
Steve Muratore

Ken Western? The same Ken Western that works on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks, Oblivious. I obviously (which has all the same letters, but one, as oblivious) was not aware that Godbehere actually existed. I thought it was a pseudonym...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Joke exceeded the maximum campaign donation of about $400 and claimed he "didn't recall" donating the first two times.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

One would think, then, that the payments would have been made to the utility company (out there, it's the City of Mesa, right?).  And that there would be payments for rent, also.

Since you brought it up, now I'm wondering if these expenses are "off the books" and "under the table."

Tina
Tina

The absence of a reported expense for those 300 asinine  4' x 8' double-sided signs and their installation was no minor "detail," and by no means any small expense.  

Somebody knowledgeable about political sign costs, their  installation, labor & needed metal stakes, estimated that that job probably ran about $ 30K. 

Then there was removing all of them and re-planting them about 2 weeks later.  Initially, they were EVERYWHERE.  You couldn't drive a half mile from your home, anywhere in west Mesa without being confronted with one of those confounded signs, then another, then another, then three more, often a traffic visibility hazard,  many hung on chain link fences surrounding vacant properties adjacent to the sidewalk.  Everywhere.The city had to assign one person to just field all the complaint calls the city was receiving. Their CWOPR expense report, however,  tells us that their signs do not and did not exist and have never existed, when in fact those infamous signs have been Matt Tolman's, and by extension, Russell Pearce's claim to fame. 

maestramadremia
maestramadremia

If only the  police weren't so busy donating to Pearce's campaign funds, they could dust for fingerprints. Whose fingerprints do you think they would find on the Cortes and Parraz posters?

Tina
Tina

Yes, I know (they were re-posted), and every time I pass one I just roll my eyes and grit my teeth.  However, as more time passes, the more ridiculous their absurd libelous messages become.  I'm waiting to hear about an uninformed voter on election day complaining to a poll worker that Randy Parraz is not on her/his ballot.  

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Unfortunately, Lewis is on the same side of privatized education.  Pots should be careful about kettle criticism.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

Just checking to see if anyone was paying attention.  The Republic editorial board still has Arpaio kin, right?  But who I meant was Greg Western. 

"Seen one Western, seen them all."  --Marion Morrison, three-time Latina husband.

Oblivious Cortex
Oblivious Cortex

That's OK.  For a long time I thought Arpaio was a pseudonym for Pariah, which has all the same letters, but one.

Tina
Tina

I've thought of that possibility,  OC.  But I don't read Lewis as somebody who would be a total sell-out.  That single-purpose AFC outfit out of D.C. just spent $ 23,000 trying to sell us Pearce via their three costly mailings containing over-the-top barfy statements.  

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