AZ Repugnant and the WValley Screw Won’t be Reporting This


Short quiz. What do all of the following AZ cities have in common?  Avondale, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson.

Answer;  Firefighter Unions from all of these cities made campaign contributions to some or all of the following Goodyear candidates;

Georgia Lord, Wally Campbell, Joanne Osborne, Sheri Lauritano, Bill Stipp.  (actual reports linked below for your inspection).

It is ILLEGAL for local city union members to make contributions to local candidates running for office in their city.  This is per Goodyear City Policy #700. So in order to subvert the intent of the law, police and fire unions donate to OTHER candidates in OTHER cities.  You can bet there is a quid pro quo for this, the Goodyear unions will donate to these cities’ in the future in order to get the “right” candidates elected.

The candidates know what is going on. They could have refused the money because every one of them knew that they were accomplices to subverting the law by accepting them.  But they didn’t.

They also all waited until the very last possible time to file them.  These reports just became available. They did not want you voters to know any earlier, I guess.  They’re laughing at all you voters.  They are thumbing their noses at you.

What can you do? 

A. Don’t vote for these candidates. 

B. send a link to this site to a registered voter in Goodyear and ask them to read it before they decide who to vote for.

C. email jennifer.dokes@arizonarepublic.com and Jim Painter (editor@westvalleyview.com) and ask them, “Why didn’t you report this about the candidates that you endorsed?”.

Georgia Lord Campaign Donations pg 21; Wally Campbell Donations pg 13;  Stipp donations pg 5;

Lauritano donations pg 6; Osborne donations pg 4

I’ve done more research on this due to the number of comments and accusations by those who disagree with my political opinions that I have tried to mislead you. What I have found is that it appears that by taking contributions from other city’s unions, Lord, Stipp, Osborne, Lauritano and Campbell are circumventing a policy of the city that they seek to govern.

I was initially told by someone in the media that, ”

It is illegal for Goodyear unions to donate"

I still believe this to be true. I did not write that by accepting PAC money from other city’s was illegal as many of those who disagree with me have commented on after misreading my post.

Wanting to put this to rest, I have continued to research the law behind this.  I am still confident that it is illegal as I have previously reported, otherwise why would the Goodyear unions make the effort to have other city union PACs make the donations?

Here is some of what I have found.

This is Policy #700 of the City of Goodyear. I include the entire policy so as not to continue to be accused of trying to mislead anyone as Georgia Lord and her supporters will try to convince you I am purposely doing.  Go to paragraph E3. Personnel policy

It reads, “no employee of the city shall be involved in the campaign of any person for election to the office of Mayor or Council member of the City.”

So forget about Federal, State or county law. By taking contributions from other city’s unions, Lord, Stipp, Osborne, Lauritano and Campbell are all circumventing a policy of the same city that they seek to govern.



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26 Responses

  1. What price was negotiated and what promises made by Lord, Campbell, Stipp, Osborne and Lauritano to get out of town unions to donate over $6000.00 to their campaigns?

    Lord received $1000.00 from Cox… Qwest here we come! $2080.00 from Home Builders Association of Central AZ, and $1435.00 from Fire Unions…….

    Look at all the reports for yourself………… critical reading…

    Love my city….

    • Howard didn’t print the entire statute:
      per the statute these funds are legal…..
      16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

      A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election. This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.

    • So Joan Shield what you are saying is you are BOYCOTTING Cox because they exercised their right of free speech? Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it?

      And you are OK with some businesses and associations supporting yours and Jim’s (former mayor) candidate, like the CTCA but when other groups support the competition its bad? Makes no sense Joan.

  2. Thanks for your vigilance. It’s really a shame that our governments are run so unethically. And our kids wonder why we are so distressed at how our governments are run.

    • Richard, you are so right! I often wondered why in attending city council meetings that the first front rows are always filled with Police and Fire UNION members.

      Well now I know INTIMATION and enforcement on promises made for campaign funds donated!!!

      In Goodyear!!! can you believe it??? so goes out city so goes our nation!!!

      scary for sure!

      keep telling your friends and all Goodyear Voters!

      • Joan dear,
        Pac money is okay per the statute and not illegal
        had Howard printed the entire statute you would have seen that…..
        16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

        A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election. This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.

        Hope you didn’t forward false info around, may come back to bite you in the back side

    • Howard didn’t print the entire statute that shows these funds are legal…..

      16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

      A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election. This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.

      • Check out my latest post regarding Goodyear City Policy #700.

        Howard is incorrect you have to read it all together More on this later.

  3. But it is great for democracy that ctca gives $$$ 9000 to the three endorsed by jim c and then his wife gets an 800,000 commission.

    • While this issue may have some hair on it, CTCA is still a private company. They can choose to spend their money however they like.
      Is it a likely coincidence that businesses in Goodyear like the same candidates as Cavanaugh because they agree with Cavanaugh’s position to lower taxes? Probably so.
      And if you are correct that Jim’s wife made a commission while in the operation of her real estate business, so long as that commission is not higher than normal, what is the problem? In that case you are just against capitalism Mr. Gorbachev?

      This issue, in my opinion does not even come close to the subversion of the law issue by the incumbent candidates. The unseemly-ness is not comparable.

      • I would have to agree with the above comment. It seems hypocritical to bash some of the candidates for taking PAC money and not other candidates who are supported by IEC’s. Both seem to be special interest either way.

        How about this, Mike? Satisfied?
        ARS 16-919
        B. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a labor organization to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election.

        I am not sure what you find unethical it’s illegal for unions, Mike that is what I find unethical about unions from other cities doing it so subvert the law about the practice of supporting candidates with money or having a first amendment right to support who they want as long as the money is not being illegally collected. Can you answer me that question “Mr. Gorbachev”? I just answered it. Here is a really, really good tip, Mike. You should never ask a question in a public forum that you don’t already know the answer to. It can make you look pretty stupid.

      • BTW, “subversion” of what law? I have seen cities for years that have campaigns that have police and fire endorsements, Goodyear too…what law is being broken?

        Here you go again, Mike.
        ARS 16-919
        B. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a labor organization to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election.

  4. you still haven’t explained what is illegal Howard…what exactly is the problem?

    Here you go, Tom, is this good enough for you?
    ARS 16-919.
    B. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a labor organization to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election.

    I guess it has been ruled that Tucson, Tempe, Casa Grande, Avondale and Phoenix fire unions could not possibly have any interest in influencing a Goodyear election, and that is how they get around it.

    Pretty creepy, eh?

    • Howard didn’t print the portion that said these funds as they came from PACs are legal…. John r. go back and read my post. I did not write that any contributions to the incumbents were illegal. What I wrote was that it was illegal for the local unions to contribute to the local candidates and I believe that includes their PACs. I’ll be writing more on this shortly.
      16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

      A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election. This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.

  5. OK, once you start name calling you lose the argument. I’m glad you’ve been reading my blog. The local unions have not contributed directly to the campaign so therefore it is NOT ILLEGAL. Go back and read what I wrote again, that is not what I said, maybe you became a fire fighter because you had poor reading comprehension.

    Second, what seems to be your issue with the public safety unions? It seems to me that thy have asked for/gotten nothing even though they have supported candidates in all the elections I can remember (I moved here in 2002). you can choose not to read SRS 16-919 if you like.

    Lastly, you fail to address your own hypocrisy. The ULTIMATE in special interest would be a company that has already received an $85million tax break supporting candidates to possibly get another CORPORATE WELFARE handout for their new undeveloped property. which was brokered by guess who? Thats right the FORMER mayor Jim Cavanaugh who continues to want to build/develop the albatross/city center and who just received that HUGE kickback/commission from the CTCA That’s pretty funny Mike, I already addressed all this in another comment you made. Are there really 571 Mike Williams in Pebble Creek? another fake ID poster. So are you guys Gary Gelzer, or Rob Antoniack? I think you might be Bill Stipp also. Someone like that, or some candidates spouse. But you certainly are bringing a lot of good entertainment to my readers. Thanks again.

    PS.
    You should be careful with your accusations of “illegal” tactics from incumbents, “favors” from reporters, and “fraud” by former employees…it is pretty much libel/slander. And before you say “kickback” is slanderous at least that is more factual that unions influencing elections.

  6. Rassas has been a registered voter for 18 years in his military home of record. His service record allowed him to vote in his home of record until last year. Nearly every military member is registered to vote in their home if record and votes by absentee ballot. His voter registation transferred to Arizona last year at the end of his active duty service to the country.

    Both papers have this information and chose not to publish it. They even made an inquiry with public affairs on the base and were told the same thing.

    • So what you are saying is one of two things:

      He lied in his campaign materials that he has been an Arizona Resident for 6 years.

      or

      He is not eligible to run for Council since he has not been a resident of Goodyear for 2 years…which is it Sean?

  7. I find it comical that everyone who disagrees with you or makes a valid point becomes a city employee (fire/police) or a fake ID. Or it may be that there is no Mike Williams in the PC source book? It’s no wonder you are supporting Roger Matlin, he is a conspiracy theorist as well.

    By now I am sure you are realizing that a majority of us in the Creek do not side with you or Joan Schields…there was a reason you were not elected as one of the Republican Captains.

    What is your real hidden agenda Howard? Aha, you have your own conspiracy theory? Just curious because it can not possible be disseminating truthful information.

    Mike, or whatever your name is, what is it about $300 mil in debt, public union boycotts, false or misleading statements by city management, and spending more on interest payments than on police and fire that you are so enamored with? You want to re-elect those who were in charge that got us here? No conspiracy here, Mike, just open your eyes.

    • So you are looking through a PC Source Book and you don’t even live in Pebble Creek I live in PC, Mike or whatever your name is…worry about your own neighborhood and I will worry about mine. No comment on not getting one of the top three spots for republican Capt? Why would I comment about that, Mike? It is not about winning to me as it appears to be to you and Georgia Lord’s supporters. It is about proper governance. A few good republican captains were elected. That’s good.

  8. Howard
    you left out the entire statue this does not apply to PAC money as listed on the financial forms.

    16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

    A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election. This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.

  9. howard,
    you left out the fact that it is not a violation if it is a PAC as set forth in the statute:

    16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

    A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election. This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.

    therefor,
    You are incorrect as the money from PD and Fire is pac funds and legal and the money from CTCA is an expenditure that must be reported as such

  10. Check out my post regarding Goodyear Policy #700.

    like usual you don’tprint the entire truth!!!!!

  11. howard still only pulls out portions of statutes, if he actaully could understand the concept he would understand
    however, you can’t make en smart

  12. Howard this does not apply to PACs if you read subsection A. However, it does apply to corp or LLC that fund candidates such as CTCA. But since the fire and police PAC are register under title 10 and Ctca filed the independant exp report both are legal. Go back and read my comment again, John r. I never said the other city’s PACs were not legal.

    16-919. Prohibition of contributions by corporations, limited liability companies or labor organizations; exemption; classification; definitions

    A. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate’s campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election.*******8 This subsection does not apply to political committees that are incorporated pursuant to title 10, chapters 24 through 40 and political committees that are organized as limited liability companies.******8

    B. Except as provided in section 16-914.02, it is unlawful for a labor organization to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election.

    C. A corporation, limited liability company or labor organization that violates this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

    D. The person through whom the violation is effected is guilty of a class 6 felony.

    E. Notwithstanding subsection A of this section, a political committee that is incorporated only for the purposes of liability limitation may make contributions for the purpose of influencing an election. Notwithstanding the corporate status of a political committee, the chairman and treasurer of an incorporated political committee remain personally responsible for carrying out their respective duties under this article.

    F. For the purposes of this section:

    1. “Election” means any election to any political office, any election to any political convention or caucus or any primary election held for the purpose of selecting any candidate, political committee or other person for any political office, convention or caucus.

    2. “Employee” includes any employee, is not limited to the employees of a particular employer and includes any individual whose work has ceased as a consequence of, or in connection with, any current labor dispute or because of any unfair labor practice.

    3. “Employer” includes any person acting as an agent of an employer, directly or indirectly.

    4. “Labor organization” means any organization of any kind or any agency or employee representation committee or plan in which employees participate and that exists for the purpose in whole or in part of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment or conditions of work.

    ©2007 Arizona State Legislature.

  13. Check out my latest post regarding Goodyear City Policy #700.

    Howard I know you will try to say B applies however it does not since it is a PAC. I’m not going to say any of that because I don’t disagree with you. Read John, read.
    As long as they are reqistered as a PAC then it is acceptavle. This is the same way the board of realtors could give Wendy money as it is a PAC. No one is disagreeing with you on any of this. You’re only wasting your time.

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