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With independent expenditure committees, it’s buyer beware

With independent expenditure committees, it’s buyer beware

There has been a lot of talk during the past few weeks about independent expenditure committees and their impacts. Specifically, there has been a lot of discussion about the direction and effectiveness of the Senate Republican Victory Fund.

The fact of the matter is there are two types of independent expenditures: IEs for “impact” and IEs for “appearance.” Think of it as work horses versus show ponies.

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Brewer consultant pitches his own Prop. 100 extension

Brewer has sidestepped taking a position on the pending ballot initiative that seeks to make the Prop 100 sales tax increase permanent, but the same can’t be said for those close to her. Multiple sources confirm that consultant Chuck Coughlin has been attempting to persuade lawmakers to introduce a referendum to compete against the Quality Education and Jobs Act, a tax increase proposed by the AEA-affiliated Arizona Education Network and the Associated General Contractors.

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Goddard grabs the bull by the horns

Goddard said Coughlin’s allegations in yesterday’s report that the former AG used his position to spark a Social Security investigation against Brewer and that he leaked the news to the Arizona Republic are completely unfounded.

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Coughlin blames Goddard for investigation

In a four-page letter written to the Republic, Brewer issued a thinly-veiled accusation of how she believes an investigation into Social Security payments she received on behalf of her son came to be, but this morning her consultant, Chuck Coughlin, didn’t mince any words.

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