The Republican Governors Association launched what is likely the largest single-week advertising blitz of the election cycle in Arizona, attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Fred DuVal as a “slick lobbyist” with a liberal record.Read More »
The amount of campaign cash that’s been spent by third party groups that don’t have to disclose their donors and have no spending limits — so called “dark money” — has reached an all-time high in 2014.Read More »
The dearth of reliable, independent polling in Arizona elections is nothing new. A long-term decline in independent polling by universities and media organizations has left IEs and other biased groups as the main source of publicly available polling for the state’s elections.Read More »
The Arizona Free Enterprise Club had spent roughly $1.5 million to influence voters in several statewide and legislative Republican primary races, but had stayed out of the hotly contested governor’s race – until now.Read More »
Since the Arizona Free Enterprise Club began its unprecedented spending in the secretary of state and Corp Comm races about six weeks ago, some observers have quietly speculated that the barrage of independent expenditures may herald the end of the group’s activities.Read More »
For a dose of fear and loathing on the campaign trail, check your mailbox.
As early ballots started arriving by mail this week for the primary election, voters’ mailboxes are also filling up with another kind of election material — political attack ads.
Lucy Mason and Vernon Parker, Republicans hoping to fill two vacant seats on the state’s energy and water regulating commission, say they have been libeled by a local anti-taxation group that sent a secretly funded campaign mailer slamming them and lauding two other Republican candidates.Read More »
The Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s secretly funded campaign backing Forese and Little continued this week with a folded four-page mailer that contrasts the APS-favored team with primary opponents Mason and Parker vis-à-vis “Obama’s energy agenda.”Read More »
Republican Corporation Commission candidates Lucy Mason and Vernon Parker escalated their sparring with the state's largest utility company today, essentially accusing APS executives of lying about their political activity. In a letter delivered to APS president and CEO Donald Brandt, Mason and Parker accuse APS of secretly funding the campaigns of their opponents in the GOP primary, Rep. Tom Forese and businessman Doug Little.Read More »
One of the three Republicans running for Secretary of State said Tuesday night he’s not convinced that Arizona law should bar anonymous spending on political campaigns.Read More »