Bob Parsons, GoDaddy Founder, Helps Christine Jones Buy Arizona Governor's Race

Categories: Election 2014

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Christine Jones and Bob Parsons of GoDaddy fame have spent a genie's fortune trying to get Jones elected Arizona governor.
Christine Jones and her former boss, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, together have contributed the vast majority of the money raised to help Jones get elected Arizona governor.

State campaign finance reports show that as of May 31, Jones has contributed $2.1 million of the roughly $2.3 million she's raised. Parsons said this week he's donated $1 million to an independent expenditure (IE) group dedicated to putting Jones in office, and may contribute more. That's 94 percent of the money she's raised up until May 31, though presumably she's received some more contributions from other sources since then.

Jones has said from the beginning she'll have the resources she needs to run a solid campaign, says her spokeswoman, Anna Haberlein.

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That being said, Haberlein denied that any coordination -- which would be illegal under state law -- took place between Parsons and Jones as far as Parson's contributions to the IE committee, Better Leaders for Arizona.

Jones and her former boss would "talk regularly," up until the point that Parsons decided to donate to Better Leaders, Haberlein says. Since then, they "definitely haven't spoken," she says.

Parsons, on vacation this week in Hawaii, told other news media outlets that he decided to reveal his involvement in funding Better Leaders after Republican candidate Doug Ducey criticized Jones' work history with GoDaddy during a July 27 debate.

"You were a line employee at GoDaddy with no leadership experience," Ducey told Jones during the debate. "And I don't know what qualifies you for this race besides your own wallet."

On Tuesday, Jones lashed out at Ducey in an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, saying, "Being a condescending, misogynistic jerk is not the way to win an election."

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Better Leaders for Arizona first filed with the state in October. Virginia Simpson, a retired pharmaceutical sales executive who's been involved in Republican politics, is the treasurer. She describes the group's chairman, Neal Moody, as a young entrepreneur who lives in Arizona. Both are big fans of Jones, with whom they're acquainted personally. Moody she knows from various business conferences, while Jones worked with Simpson on American Cancer Society projects, Simpson says.

Soon after they formed the group, they sought out Parsons. Neither Moody nor Simpson knew him, she says, but they figured he'd be an "obvious" source of help for Jones. Parsons has "assurances" his money "will only go to one cause," Simpson says.

Nothing about the arrangement is inappropriate, says Kim Crawford of the Arizona Secretary of State's office, which oversees elections.

Parsons as an individual could contribute just $2,000 to Jones' campaign directly for each of the upcoming elections, primary and general. But Crawford points out that he could use his fortune to buy ads for Jones directly without ever going through an independent expenditure committee. He and the IE committee can work together on how to spent his money, as long as neither are coordinating their effort with Jones, Crawford says.

That's why we asked Jones' campaign about any coordination with Parsons and Better Leaders.

Call Parsons' million-plus contribution "bright money," to set it apart from the dark money being spent against Jones -- nearly $400,000 worth as of May 31, and plenty more since then.

Voters prefer to know who plunks down $1 million on a candidate, clearly. But now that they know -- do they respect the contribution?

The latest poll numbers seem to show that money can't buy happy news: Jones is reportedly now trailing at 13 percent, several points behind potential leaders Ducey and Scott Smith.

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Jones' "misogynistic jerk" comment isn't going over that well with some Republicans, either. Greg Patterson, the former legislator and current Arizona Board of Regents member, ran a post about Jones today on his popular political blog today entitled, "Hey, Nice Beaver." As we've done ourselves, Patterson pokes fun at GoDaddy's sexually charged -- and highly effective -- TV ads.

"Misogynistic?" scoffs the conservative Patterson. "Seriously? No Christine, THIS is what 'misogynistic' looks like."

Patterson follows with the below still-shot from a GoDaddy ad that features a sexy model holding a strategically placed beaver.

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wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Jones' latest ad starts out with "Everyone KNOWS that illegal immigration costs Arizona billions and affects everything."


I would like to see this screecher document that comment with some studies and FACTS. I, for one, KNOW no such thing.  I am no fan of unstemmed in-flow from the Southern border (or any other border, for that matter, but we do KNOW she's not talking about Canadians) but her kind of diarrhea of the mouth is ridiculous.  And it annoys me to know that there are idiots out there who will believe it just because she said it.  Same goes for Ducey and Thomas.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

...and now Bozo Joe Arpaio is pimping for Ducey the douchebag on TV campaign ads.

The sleazeball parade just keeps on going.

Jerry Young
Jerry Young

Local, state and federal government has morphed into a political machine that we now serve! I oppose PAC dark money of special interests and suggest that instead of voting for politicians that spend the most to "buy" elections, maybe we should vote for those that spend the least to "earn" the election.

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

Republicans being tools for the rich is a given. That you don't think the same damn thing about Democrats is unfortunate.

car_del99
car_del99

Only in Az ,  do we have to choose " the lesser " of 2 or 3 " Evils " in every election.

It seems that we have " evils " only, running for every office..

No honest , ethical, moral , sane ,etc.  candidates run anymore ?

I wonder why  or, they don't exist here ?
 

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Shes worthless. Seems republicans are tools for the rich so they can retain control of us all.

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Waste of money. She won't win. She is a cross between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

fankromank555
fankromank555

Hmmm, I think that picture may be shooped.


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Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

Typical government we have - bought and paid for. Doesn't matter republican or democrat they both do the same thing

LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

Kim Crawford of the Arizona Secretary of State's office, which oversees elections is a joke. To make a statement that:


Nothing about the arrangement is inappropriate, 


That  statement is inappropriate for the Secretary of State. What kind of Office is she running? Some kind of Chapel, that  is watching couples, who are going to get married?


Then Crawford states:


He and the IE committee can work together on how to spent his money, as long as neither are coordinating their effort with Jones.


What does Kim Crawford do, follow them around everyday to make sure no coordination is going on? I highly doubt it!!! It is being well organized and coordinated by these thugs. and has been this whole election, lets not start now trying to cover this shit up. It is soooooo obvious.

Parsons has too big of a mouth to keep quiet about it. He is just like Paul, loves to be in front of the media... The only difference is, Parsons has his own money to throw around, Paul does not.


LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

Now if you believe this shit statement:


Jones and her former boss would "talk regularly," up until the point that Parsons decided to donate to Better Leaders, Haberlein says. Since then, they "definitely haven't spoken," she says.


Please, first of all, Parsons is on every media outlet talking about how he is giving Jones this money, and how he spends a million a week himself. What, are they using sign language, saying, up yours everyone. Of course they are all backstabbing the other candidates and damn proud of it.

LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

If people do not think the way this money is getting tossed around by the millions into the pockets of these candidates is a violations or going to sway the election you have to be insane.

Take Paul Babeu for example, he has hand selected people he has given money to with his numerous pac groups he has set up on-line. Paul, behind the scenes, with his brother Judge Shaun Babeu, who is running for re-election unopposed, has knowingly organized to out certain Judges and gave money to get other ones in, one being Shaun. The money coming directly from Paul himself that he raised. This is been in the works for months, with people knowing this and witnessed this unethical act.

Paul has been making robo calls to cell phone, which is against FCC regulations, not for Christine Jones, but for Hugh Hallman, which I have the recording. It is during the Sheriff's work day.  Paul is not using any of his own money because he does not have any. He is riding off everyone's coattails, like he did my parent's. He is nothing but a dirty politician. Paul is not even running for a position. Have you ever asked yourself, why is he getting paid as Sheriff? To do what? Run everyone's campaign in AZ? This is pretty F...UP!!!!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

You can't buy an election.  You can only buy advertising.  If that many voters are stupid enough to vote for the name they've heard most often, then it's time to scrap this "democracy" experiment.


Jukes
Jukes

No, they are NOT the same.  Yes, they both engage in practices that are self-serving to a large degree and not advantageous to the majority of Americans.

But only the members of one party are constantly willing to look the other way when kids go to bed hungry and Americans are desperate for jobs with a living wage.  Not only do they look the other way, they set up systems so it can happen while huge corporations get tax relief and government support.  

And only one party is responsible for stunts like shutting down the government and running up the deficit while they pretend the Democrats did it.  

Bill Clinton, a Democrat, balanced the budget and left office with our country having a surplus.  Where did it go?  In a failed, pathetic scheme BASED ON LIES to avenge 9/11 and attempt to clean up what Daddy Bush left unfinished on the previous Middle East misadventure we engaged in.

The politicians in this country who demonstrate the least interest in the Golden Rule — a premise nearly every one of the world's religions has at its core — are conservative Republicans. Who claim to be love families and God more than Democrats do.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Not just Republican's, both sides are full of shit.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Wow Cris, your name is sure appropriate.  You certainly have your wires crossed.  

How can liberals be so fucking dense?

Jukes
Jukes

Both of whom have held public office.  Unfortunately.  In states that seem slightly less in the thrall of the tea party than Arizona is.  So I'm not going to breathe easy until she and her money are kicked to the curb

Jukes
Jukes

I disagree strongly.  Please see my comment above.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@LucyBabeu Of course it's being used for the purpose of trying to buy the election. But proving violations of law in this scenario will be extremely difficult. Just look at the fact that Horne was caught red handed and still has managed to slither his way out of being accountable for his actions.

LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

Start scrapping you .......

The problem with you valley, is you think to narrow minded. Open your blinders. You think we are talking money = votes.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@valleynative Then what would you call AZ Cardinals President Mike Bidwill's meeting tomorrow with Smith supporters to try to convince them to support Ducey (and of course Smith is not invited to speak for himself)??


Huge Money Buying State Politics.  Nothing more. Nothing less.


I am not convinced that Bidwill wants the same things I do.  But he has the money to buy Ducey the Capital. And I'm pretty sure he Wants Something In Return... and it will cost us tax payers.  F THAT!!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative And ADVERTISING is EXACTLY how you buy an election! 


When you can snatch the pebble from my hand, little grasshopper, you will be given a brain cells!  That will give you TWO!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jukes


Wow, overdose on kool-aid.  What a fucking tool!

Blind, deaf, dumb and stupid. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@LucyBabeu 


"The problem with you valley, is you think to narrow minded."


You ignorant bitch!  This is not English.   Learn some. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@LucyBabeu 

I know exactly what you're saying.  I'm saying that you're absolutely wrong.  Money does not buy votes.  It can only get a candidates message out.  It's up to the voters to act on that message.   If you really believe that voters will choose the person who advertises the most, then democracy is a failure.


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Huge money also buys Congress and the President Liz.

Been going on since at least the Grant administration.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@wherewasi @valleynative The entire Bidwill family should have been blocked from the human gene pool about 40 years ago.  


That 5 missing chromosomes should have done it.....

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative 

Try to think.  Advertising only gets your message out there.  From there, it's up to the voters to decide.   Explain how simply getting your message out is "buying an election", genius.

 

LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

@valleynative @LucyBabeu 

You just proved by your statement you do not know what I am saying and I don't have the time to teach you how dirty politics works, I have been through the process with Paul and his corrupt people.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows  Are you REALLY this stupid?  Well, you did prove you were quite stupid yesterday with your understanding of the Militia, so I shouldn'tt be surprised!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative 

You're pretty good at calling names, but you really suck at making a logical point.  What have you got?  Anything at all?  

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows  Seems you just called me a name, you sad little fool!  Seems you ARE this stupid!  Now tell us about the Militia Act of 1792 and the Militia act of 1903!  What a dingleberry you are!  You're the ONLY one that doesn't get it!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative 

What name did I call you.   Those acts had absolutely nothing.  Not a single thing, to do with the discussion yesterday.  You're the one who doesn't get it.  If you think you have a point, tell it to us.  Don't tell us what to read, because some of us will interpret it differently.  Make your own point, if you can.

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows  Dang VN, you can't even understand what you yourself posts....   Thanks for proving my point!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@LucyBabeu @valleynative @WhoKnows 

I still haven't seen a single rational argument or iota of evidence out of either of you.  You're bitter and opinionated.  That's not really the same thing as knowledgeable.  Your opinions have no value to me.

LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

@valleynative @LucyBabeu @WhoKnows 

You have no idea how politics are run and if you did, you would realize you are irrational.


I could care less about who and what you value. That is on you jerk off

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@LucyBabeu @valleynative @WhoKnows 

Calling names is a pretty good sign that you know that you've already lost the debate.

I'll just go back to ignoring you as a crackpot with an agenda.


LucyBabeu
LucyBabeu

@valleynative @LucyBabeu @WhoKnows 

You talk just like a politician, all full of shit and say what ever sounds good, and just hoping it makes you looks great, when you are a fuc..liar and a idiot.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@LucyBabeu


babs you ignoramus, this is an English speaking blog.  Perhaps you would be more comfortable in the drooling idiot blog.   

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