Scottsdale Mayor Voted to Give Taxpayer Coin to His Campaign Consultant, Jason Rose, for Polo Tournament Run by... Jason Rose

See also: Is the Bloom Off the (Jason) Rose?

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Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
The Scottsdale Polo Championships will be back this fall, thanks to the Scottsdale City Council unanimously approving the use of taxpayer money to fund almost half of the event's budget.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane -- who uses Valley P.R. hotshot Jason Rose's firm Rose, Moser, Allyn for campaign consulting -- was one of those council members who voted to give $75,000 to the Scottsdale Polo Championships LLC, run by Jason Rose, wife Jordan Rose, and partner Jennifer Moser.

Jason Rose proposed this idea himself to the Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission in April to get approval before the agreement went before the city council.

"Mr. Rose said the event is requesting $75,000 to help defray the cost of holding a polo event in Scottsdale," the board's minutes from the meeting say. "Since the polo industry is limited in Arizona, the teams will need to transport 12 to 16 horses each from southern California. They have to be stabled for four days at WestWorld. The teams have to be flown in and provided accommodations. Professonal polo players like Nic Roldan do not play free. The request is consistent with the goals and criteria for use of tourism funds."

The cash came from the city's bed-tax collections, which is indeed taxpayer money. The board approved Rose's proposal 6-0.

The next month, the agreement was proposed to the city council, and was approved without discussion, including a vote from Lane. The only opposition to the proposal came through a citizen comment from mayoral candidate John Washington, who explained that the city shouldn't be subsidizing private events. No council member provided any feedback on that.

Rose has been a campaign consultant for Lane for some time now, and Lane's most recent campaign-finance reports (through the end of May) show he's been paying the Rose, Moser, Allyn firm a $2,000 per month retainer, plus various expenses, like a $300 logo design.

Arizona Corporation Commission documents show Jordan Rose listed as the "statutory agent" of the Scottsdale Polo Championships, with Jason Rose and Jennifer Moser listed as "members" of the corporation.

The city's agreement requires Scottsdale Polo Championships provide at least $84,000 worth of P.R. for the event, and based on a look at Rose's Twitter account, it appears that he's holding up their end of the deal:

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That said, it seems Lane at least could have at least recused himself from the vote.

A woman at Mayor Lane's office told New Times yesterday that she'd forward our request for comment to the mayor. As of the time of this post, there hasn't been a response.

Additionally, it appears that this isn't the first time Rose and Lane have...connected.

If it's any consolation, a city council report notes that a marketing agency figured the "overall event economic impact for the city of Scottsdale" would exceed the $75,000 that the city's putting in.




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Cuddles
Cuddles

I await the reintroduction of the National Razor.

coyote_slim
coyote_slim

PooLoo. Probably should be an Olympic event. Besides, isn't that what taxpayers are for? You know, coughing up their hard earned dollars to benefit the ruling elite.

fairymagic13
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The people who are attending and participating in Polo are much like those who participate in Dressage (like Romney's Wife and her horse Retardo did in the Olympics).  They are extremely wealthy in almost every case.  This is a horrible group to give taxpayer's money to. 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

This is in direct violation of the laws regarding pubilc decision making by governmental bodies in Arizona! 

ARS 38-503. Conflict of interest; exemptions; employment prohibition

A. Any public officer or employee of a public agency who has, or whose relative has, a substantial interest in any contract, sale, purchase or service to such public agency shall make known that interest in the official records of such public agency and shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise participating in any manner as an officer or employee in such contract, sale or purchase.

B. Any public officer or employee who has, or whose relative has, a substantial interest in any decision of a public agency shall make known such interest in the official records of such public agency and shall refrain from participating in any manner as an officer or employee in such decision.

QstionEvythng
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Wow, I wish I could get $75,000 from the City of Scottsdale to throw myself a party.  While Rose has to provide $84,000 worth of PR: (1) Twitter is free; and (2) I bet the new LLC is taking out much more than that from the event in management fees.  Power couple Rose doesn't do anything unless there is profit in it for them somewhere...and self-aggrandizement...but mostly profit.

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