There is no doubt that Sammy raised a ton of money for his campaign. Upon review of his campaign finance report filed on August 26, 2016, 99.9% of his money does not come from Yucca district residents or even Glendale residents for that matter. Here is the link to his campaign finance report: http://glendaleaz.com/Clerk/documents/PrePrimary-ChaviraforGlendale.pdf .
Where did Sammy get his money? Can you say special interests? Here are a few that should be of interest. Jacob Long gave $750 and his family attorney, Jim Miller, another $500. They benefitted recently with the approval of Stonehaven (between 83rd and 91st avenues; Camelback to Bethany Home Road). Stonehaven is a planned residential subdivision of over 1,200 homes with 46% of the lots being 5,500 SF (less than Glendale R1-6 standard of 6,000 SF lots). Sammy approved Long’s development with gushing words of praise. Gee, I wonder why?
There were 3 Glendale residents who contributed: John Phebus, an attorney with offices in north Glendale gave $1000 (I wonder who he represents?); Tom Schmitt with no occupation or employer listed (it is a requirement per Arizona campaign law) gave $200; and Reginald Martinez gave $50. That’s it. No other Glendale or Yucca district resident thought enough of him to contribute.
But guess who did? Why, the fire fighters, course. Three individual fire fighters, from Mesa, Phoenix and California contributed a total of $500. The big money ( a total of $11,300) comes from Fire Political Action Committees (PACs):
- International Association of Fire Fighters $6250 (the maximum allowed)
- Avondale Fire Fighters $ 500
- Casa Grande Fire Fighters $ 500
- Gilbert Fire Fighters $ 500
- Glendale Fire Fighters $2000 (violation of federal Hatch Act?)
- Los Angeles, CA Fire Fighters $ 500
- Prescott Fire Fighters $ 250
- Sedona-Verde Valley Fire Fighters $ 250
- Surprise Fire Fighters $1000
- Tempe Fire Fighters $1000
- Mesa Fire Fighters $ 750
- Peoria Fire Fighters $ 500
I decided to run a grassroots campaign. If district residents and Glendale residents wanted me back they would support me. Here is the link to my campaign finance report: http://glendaleaz.com/Clerk/documents/PrePrimary-ClarkforCouncil.pdf . My campaign donations came from:
- 21 contributions of $100 or more were from Glendale/Yucca district residents.
- 10 contributions of $100 or more were from outside of Glendale. They were from friends, former colleagues and retired Glendale employees.
- 22 contributions of $50 or less were from Glendale/Yucca district residents.
- 5 contributions of $50 or less were from outside of Glendale. Again, they were from friends, former colleagues and retired Glendale employees.
- I did receive 3 unsolicited PAC contributions totaling $1200 from 3 police associations that came with the endorsements I received from the Arizona Police Association and the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police.
- No special interest money or PAC money was sought.
In terms of Sammy’s campaign expenditures, they paint a picture. He paid Ben Scheel of Bright Consulting another $5,570.85. Sammy did not plan or participate in his own campaign. He paid someone else to do it. He paid the LA Machine $7324.00 for field operations. Sammy did not walk his district. He paid someone else to do it.
Just as Sammy has been invisible as a councilmember and unresponsive to the people of his district who he is supposed to serve, he has been invisible as a candidate. He paid to have someone run his campaign and he paid someone to walk his district. In his three campaign reports now filed, he has not received a single donation from a Yucca district resident.
Sammy is about big money from special interests. That is who he will vote for and represent. Not you, not the people of the Yucca district.
© Joyce Clark, 2016
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