Georgia’s Money

I’ve been asking the question lately, “Why do politicians, even small time local ones like those in little old Goodyear, Arizona, mislead and double talk their constituents as Goodyear’s mayor, vice mayor, and at least one city councilman appear to have done over the recent prison flap?

Could it be because these politicians have “alternate” constituents besides their voting, resident, property-tax-paying, supporters?  Let’s take a look at Goodyear mayor Georgia for example.

In the most recent Goodyear election where only about 8,000 votes were cast, Georgia collected over $30,000 in contributions from 132 entities. She only spent about $18,000 (over $17,000 of that spend was with her out of town consulting firm Summit Group). That leaves her with at least $12,000 for her next campaign to win over 8,000 or so voters. You can find her totals and lists of contributors and spend at Goodyear’s website, or you can look at my spreadsheet summary here which is based on the Goodyear published data. contributions lists rev 1 (you may have to download and save this file first on your HD in order to view it)

I spent some time looking at the list and googling some of the names on the list to try to understand what some of their interests would be in supporting a small town candidate and have included what I learned in the “About” column for about 40 contributors.  From that simple and less than complete analysis I found that over one third of Georgia’s campaign money came from one of only three groups;

1. Developers over $5,330 (Westcor, Globe, EJM, Robson)

2. Fire union related contributors $1,845 (Phoenix to Tucson, to Mesa, to Surprise to Casa Grande)

3. Other PACs $3,880 (Realtors, COX, Homebuilders Assoc, SW Gas)

I’m asking readers to help me identify as many of Georgia’s 132 contributors as possible so we can understand even better who else she is working for besides Goodyear voters.  If you recognize any of the names on the list that I have not yet identified, or if you think I have any of them wrong, leave a comment here on my blog or send me an email at;

Nice to know who owns your city, and who from outside your city is running things for the mayor.


10 Responses

  1. Very Interesting! Gives me an idea on how I’d like to know who the main contributors are to our major party candidates in the same fashion as Howard did this. Then we’d get to know who owns our country! I’ve always felt that we have the “best government money can buy”!

  2. Other PACs $3,880 (Realtors, COX, Homebuilders Assoc, SW Gas)

    Must be why on 6/27/11 COX was allowed to present to Council on 6/27/11 for 10 minutes at “their request” to talk about their programs, advancements and investments in AZ, however none are in Goodyear. The last time they presented was in 2008. Introduction started out more personal and not directed to Council as a whole but more toward Mayor Lord as evidenced in here response “Good to See You To…”, but Cox had not presented to Council since 2008?. Watch the video General Session, Part 5 Communications mark 10.41 to 20.54, also see the comments at the end posed by Council Member Campbell.

    Why present at the General Session and not at a Council Worksession?
    Why was Quest, DiSH, DirectTV not included in the presentations as the other large communication companies serving Goodyear, if COX’s presentation was for the community?

    From Council Minutes Agenda 6/27/2011


    B. COX Communications Services and Community Programs Update (Sondra Healy, Assistant to the Mayor)

  3. The state and county cannot handle the facilities or their responsibility for the safety and well-being of the inmates in their care. The private prisons should NOT be built until the state and county clean up their own messes. Once again … County’s jails still fall short on health care, audit finds

  4. […] Georgia Lord’s recent campaign for GY mayor was highly funded by developers and union PACs? […]

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