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"Dark Money" and Republican Primary Red Flags

I've been passing out fliers in support of, among others, Justin Pierce for Secretary of State, and for Tom Forese & Doug Little for the AZ Corporation Commission.  But a huge red flag went up when I saw this photoshopped picture of Vernon Parker and Lucy Mason with Obama. I'm for negative ads, but only if they're the  truth.  This is low-ball, gutter politics in the extreme:

  Yes the money for this and other underhanded tactics is dark money, over which the candidates ostensibly have no control, coordination or prior knowledge.  But the first and loudest objections to this cheap shot should have come from Forese and Little--yet all I'm hearing is crickets.

Should APS be able to funnel hundreds of thousands to over a million dollars of dark money, which it collects from us, it's customers, in support of, or in opposition to, potential commissioners who will be its regulators?  When asked directly if this money came from them, APS refuses to say.

At issue is solar energy, which we should all have the option to employ or not as we choose.  Yes Obama and the EPA have given "solar" a bad name by association, but solar energy per se, particularly here in Arizona, can be a reasonable option.  The problem is subsidies for solar or the taxes on it (neither of which should exist, in my opinion), but it is legally up to the AZ Corporation Commission to determine, not APS, a government established monopoly.  Should APS customers be forced to provide those subsidies to solar users?  No.  But again, that should be up to an ACC that isn't in APS's pocket.

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This is a mess, but APS attempting to buy its own regulators on the ACC and the Sec of State, is a level of corruption that should override all other considerations.  We must insist on integrity first.

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I'm still very much for Doug Ducey, Clint Hickman, Diane Douglas and Ben Toma (and against Christine Jones).  All this just in time for the 2015 APS rate hearings--where they no doubt will want to raise our rates--thus providing themselves with more dark money?

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Unfortunate, BUT, effective. 

All campaign donations should be disclosed. Sneaky, underhanded, and undermine elections come from hidden money and agendas. 

Let the light of truth shine on all govt activity. Before, after, and during. Govt. is always hiding information from the public and in most cases for the self interest of themselves or those that support them.

However..... APS was forced to collect over $550 million from ratepayers to subsidize alternative energy. Read rooftop solar. The largest beneficiaries are the solar companies who reap huge subsidies. At taxpayer/ratepayer expense. 

I don't want to pay for your rooftop solar panels! And why exempt rooftop solar panels from the property taxes which other residents are forced to pay.

Rooftop solar would not exist without taxpayer/ratepayer subsidies. When rooftop can stand alone and compete with other energy sources, the free market can determine the winners and losers. Not govt bureaucrats picking winners and losers.

Sorry, I live in Mesa. Justin Pierce was my rep. His run for SOS is payback for his Daddy's favorable decisions on the ACC to the now political donors to young Pierce's campaign. He and his dad didn't give a crap about the people they represented in Mesa. Not unless you could do something FOR them. Personal self interest is their guide to representation. 

Joe, you're saying you don't trust Justin Pierce due to his father's irresponsible ACC voting record?  You're information reinforces what I'm saying.

As for your comments on solar, that's exactly where I stand.  We need people with integrity on the ACC who will stop the subsidies APS customers have to pay to subsidize solar customers.  We don't need yes men who will vote for APS's irresponsible rate hikes, while turning a blind eye to the establishment Republicans cow-towing to Obama, the EPA and the solar lobby.  Will Cardon looks to be the best candidate for SOS.  Where would we be now if we'd elected him to the US Senate instead of Jeff Flake.

Those with tenancies to sell out in this race are now evident.  Shake out the corrupt and vote for whoever's left standing.

FWI, I received this reply from Vernon Parker just a little while ago:

"We (Vernon and Lucy Mason) are both pro solar, and we oppose the tax passed by an un elected official at the Department of Revenue.  This tax will hurt seniors, school, churches, and non-profits who leased rooftop solar.  They are being hurt by a retroactive tax."



Mahlon Marr said:

Joe, you're saying you don't trust Justin Pierce due to his father's irresponsible ACC voting record?  You're information reinforces what I'm saying.

As for your comments on solar, that's exactly where I stand.  We need people with integrity on the ACC who will stop the subsidies APS customers have to pay to subsidize solar customers.  We don't need yes men who will vote for APS's irresponsible rate hikes, while turning a blind eye to the establishment Republicans cow-towing to Obama, the EPA and the solar lobby.  Will Cardon looks to be the best candidate for SOS.  Where would we be now if we'd elected him to the US Senate instead of Jeff Flake.

Those with tenancies to sell out in this race are now evident.  Shake out the corrupt and vote for whoever's left standing.

JOE'S REPLY TO MM:

Mr. Cardon is from an old Mesa Family. He landed running with a family owned business established by his grandfather, a proverbial silver spooner. He has a recent dispute with other family members of his running the family business. But, needless to say he had a huge headstart when he began his business career.And being from Mesa, LDS and Good ole Boy insider credentials. These candidates seem to become co-opted by the establishment. So much for MR. Cardon's independence. How do you think he self funded his candidacies?

My comments on Justin Pierce and his father are founded in personal experience. They ignore you and do as they please until they want a campaign contribution. Same result with Bob Worsley. He's is another complete crony insider, in my opinion.

As as small government, pro-capitalist, I can hardly argue against either of them for using their wealth.  The difference between the two is the APS largesse in Pierce's favor. That makes it an issue of integrity.

JPD's response is a link to some political web site. Not sure who, except Vernon Parker, he supports. 

I do know the Republican establishment is not small govt, constitution guided, or pro freedom. In Az or Washington. Guv Brewer, Scott Smith, John McCain and so on. What's shameful is to elect one of these jackasses and send them to Wash DC, or the State legislature, City Council, board of Supervisors, etc. and have them turn Republicrat/RINO. Bob Worsley is a great example. Big govt/tax and spender crony capitalist, corporate welfare queen, still tries to fool voters saying he is a "conservative"! A whole lot of that going on. We have a guideline for these people to follow and it's called the constitution of the USA.

Republicans have given us homeland security, the EPA, NSA spying, the Patriot Act, and more. The progressive marxist democraps are the same or worse. You can count on your fingers and toes the number of real constitutionalists in DC.

Gary Pierce, and his boy, will say anything or do anything to get elected. And in all fairness it would be hard to find any of those running for any office that isn't the same.Local, State, or National. Jane Brewer has been a disaster. But who knows if we will get any better.

Vernon Parker supports Solar? Does that mean subsidy free solar? And solar to compete in a free market. The Az legislature mandated 15-20% solar usage and forced APS to collect over $550 million in "subsidies" from APS ratepayers.

FORCED ratepayers to pay. So much for "free" power from the Sun. But don't make me pay for your solar panels and make the solar lease companies $$$billions.

Solar companies aren't telling the truth either. But I agree, THERE SHOULD BE NO DARK MONEY! If you want to donate, go ahead. But tell us who you are and don't hide behind some stinking corporate shell. You cowards. We get enough lying from the politicians we already have.

Why are you for Doug Ducey?  Just curious, because I won't vote for an elite.  I am for Diane Douglas.  I also am for Forese and Little.  Parker and Mason are for obamas tactics. Had enough of liberals running this country.



Mahlon Marr said:

Joe, you're saying you don't trust Justin Pierce due to his father's irresponsible ACC voting record?  You're information reinforces what I'm saying.

As for your comments on solar, that's exactly where I stand.  We need people with integrity on the ACC who will stop the subsidies APS customers have to pay to subsidize solar customers.  We don't need yes men who will vote for APS's irresponsible rate hikes, while turning a blind eye to the establishment Republicans cow-towing to Obama, the EPA and the solar lobby.  Will Cardon looks to be the best candidate for SOS.  Where would we be now if we'd elected him to the US Senate instead of Jeff Flake.

Those with tenancies to sell out in this race are now evident.  Shake out the corrupt and vote for whoever's left standing.

I agree and voted for Will Cardon.

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