Tom Horne Hit with New Attack Ad, and AZPIA Helps the Mullet Party Spoof the Tea Party

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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."

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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.


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winzloss
winzloss

or Hallman running under the 'Balance Arizona's Budget' as his campaign promise...wasn't able to balance Tempe's budget, nor lower the crime rate...but ready to take on the AZ budget???..... 


Jones for Governor...at least she is cute.

rh19541954
rh19541954

There is hope for us Arizonians, 34% register republican, 31% democrat and remainder independent/minority parties 25% or there about, give or a take a tenth of a percent or so, hence the GOP only wins via voter intimidation, fraud, gerrymandering, etc., 56% is a true majority but until that independent vote realizes the GOP has peddling right wing cure all that ails you snake oil we just have to endure!

rh19541954
rh19541954

I was amused when Tom Horne won election, a disgraced, disbarred attorney leading a governmental body of licensed attorneys had to be the greatest joke in the world on how low the republican party was! This fellow reminds me of a Opossum, a critter who dines on dead things, a lowest of the critters who live in the food chain! Arizona has long been a magnet for USA social misfits, the Maricopa county sheriff is a racist mirror image of Sheriff Bull Conner's of Alabama, Joe Arpaio, guess until this state gets some honor and decency and decides to elect folks with integrity, honesty and humanity it will remain a home to the dregs of society!

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Dwain for Sekratary of Freedom is the funniest thing I've seen in a while. 

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

I'd like to see him go after ##Doug Ducey, has never held legislative office never made a controversial issue decision or ever had to cast a single tough vote.

AZ Republicans Demand #Doug Ducey "judge me by business experience" un-seal Arbitration documents of Cold Stone Creamery..Transparency

vote4garcia
vote4garcia

Like Matts moral character when he had an affair in his wife??? Or Like Matts moral character when he has FBI do dirty work on constituents??

So Now the ends justify the means?

Jukes
Jukes

Thank you for introducing me to Dwain.  All of us who have to watch political ads in Arizona need a laugh once in awhile.  Mullets Forever, Amen.

tjmontague
tjmontague

I do have to say that Matt Salmon has redeemed himself and come to the good side, especially since calling for Tom Horne's resignation.

someone
someone

"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."

 Tte add "will run till August 29, a few days after the August 26 primary." 

Good luck keeping those names secret after the recent court of appeals decision.  It will be interesting to see who on that list has any room to criticize another's moral character.  

annarkey14
annarkey14

@someone ,

In Horne's case, before you can criticize another's moral character, they must have some.

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