Tom Horne Hit with New Attack Ad, and AZPIA Helps the Mullet Party Spoof the Tea Party
I have a confession to make: I love "dark money."
When it's used to blast someone I don't like, that is.
In the hands of Tyler Montague, president of the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance, dark money is truly a beautiful thing.
Montague is one of the folks in Mesa instrumental in ousting former state Senate President Russell Pearce from office and keeping him ousted.
AZPIA's latest ad skewering Tom Horne
A couple of years ago, Montague created AZPIA as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit to educate the public about unethical politicians like sleazy Attorney General Tom Horne, Congressman Matt Salmon, and state Senator Don "Love Me Some Bourbon and a Free Steak" Shooter, among others.
Montague tells me AZPIA's shelled out anywhere from $600,000 to $700,000 this year, in part to remind Arizonans of the attorney general's many ethical lapses.
His AZPIA is not going to reveal its donor list because, as the law currently is enforced and interpreted, it doesn't have to.
In fact, Montague concedes that if he did not offer his donors anonymity, they would not donate to him.
"I wouldn't get that money if it weren't dark," he told me recently. "Those people wouldn't give it. They're too afraid."
Out of the trailer park and into your heart, the Mullet Party unites to help elect us a "Sekretary of Freedum" (see below)
What are they afraid of? Blowback from the far right. Political retaliation. Like or not, that's a reality. When you're dealing with the attorney general of a state, a sheriff like Joe Arpaio, or a powerful state Senate president, for example, payback can be a bitch.
Sure, as a journalist, I would like to be able to "follow the money." But under the law, as it stands now, that is not always possible.