Arizona Republican Solar Advocates Punked With Pro-Obama Logo Used in News Release
Tuesday's post about the news release on Rose Law Group's website would appear to erase any doubt that TUSK, fronted by Jason Rose and Barry Goldwater Jr., has been grafted to President Obama's non-profit Organizing for Action.
More likely, the fake logo was picked up inadvertently as a convenient illustration for the news release.
In other words, TUSK and Rose Law Group got punked.
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TUSK's news release, featuring the fake logo, on Rose Law Group's website.
TUSK, short for Tell Utilities Solar can' be Killed, is a separate entity from Rose Law Group. But that's sort of a distinction without a difference, since TUSK represents the interests of, and is funded by, rooftop-solar installation companies, and those companies are also major clients of Rose Law Group, a law firm founded by Jason Rose's wife, Jordan. TUSK and Jordan Rose's clients have been fighting proposals by Arizona Public Service that would essentially pay less money to people with solar panels for the electricity they generate. APS claims solar users aren't paying their "fair share" of grid costs.
The Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to hold public hearings on the issue this fall, followed by a vote on the APS proposals. As New Times reported last week, President Obama, through the OFA, has weighed in on Arizona's solar debate with a call for supporters to send a message to the Corporation Commission through another left-wing, pro-solar group.
Enter the conservative Western Free Press, which published an August 23rd article about OFA's efforts on the Arizona solar issue that sported the fake logo. We're not sure how the Western Free Press ended up with the logo, but we know it was created by critics of TUSK.
Barry Goldwater Jr.
Obama supporters should recognize that the cartoon TUSK elephant, (which, of course, symbolizes the GOP), is superimposed over the circular, red-white-and-blue, flag-themed Obama campaign button and logo, which is also OFA's logo. The effect is subtle, given that the TUSK elephant also displays flag stripes, but becomes obvious once you catch it.
For the critics, getting the opposition to mistake its own logo for an Obama campaign button is a pretty good anti-PR coup. (At least, we think the use of the logo was unintentional. We put in a call to TUSK to find out, and we'll let you know what they say.)
And there's another absurdity in the TUSK's news release: The new poll it touts.