Many leading figures in the business world are taking a stand in Arizona to oppose what they characterize as the prevalence of "dark money" in state and federal politics. To this end, a number of them have banded together to form what they describe as an "independent political group" in order to oppose candidates that they believe have benefited unfairly from shadowy campaign contributions.
Better Leaders For Arizona
Better Leaders For Arizona is the group that many leading figures in the state have formed in order to do battle against "dark money". In particular, the group is currently making headlines in its first major campaign against candidate Doug Ducey, who is the leading rival in the Republican Party against current gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones.
The group has recently revealed that it is being bankrolled by Bob Parsons. Parsons is a well known and influential member of the Arizona Republican Party, and is also internationally recognized as the founder of GoDaddy. Parsons has long had a reputation for putting his money where his mouth is, and his recent very public sponsorship of Better Leaders For Arizona is ample proof of his commitment to the Western state's political, social, and financial welfare.
Fighting Against Dark Money Candidates
"Dark money" is defined as contributions made to candidates by persons representing (or hiding behind) the facade of shadowy corporations or organizations, some of whom may exist only on paper. As of 2015, Parsons and others have gone on record as donating more than a million dollars to Better Leaders For Arizona, and the trend has inspired others to follow suit.
Supporting Christine Jones For Governor
Better Leaders For America has very publicly thrown its support to Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones, who seems to be gaining ground as the front runner in the days leading up to the Arizona state election. Parsons and Jones have, in fact, shared a long private and political association that dates back to the days when Jones was employed by Parsons as senior legal counsel on behalf of GoDaddy.
Dark Money And Ducey
Meanwhile, Republican Party challenger Doug Ducey has been called out for accepting numerous contributions from unnamed sources. Many of these contributions qualify eminently as "dark money", according to the definition publicly promulgated by groups such as Better Leaders For Arizona.
As a result of this legal but "shady" activity, Jones and other Republican Party leaders in the state of Arizona have called on Ducey to show transparency and reveal the sources of his numerous campaign contributions.
The Foibles Of Doug Ducey
As a result, Ducey has come increasingly under fire in recent months for accepting contributions from such nebulous sources. However, Ducey is also being sharply criticized by sources within his own party for other perceived liabilities. These include a shocking 30 percent failure rate among franchises of Cold Stone Creamery under the leadership of Ducey.
Meanwhile, Ducey has also been called to account for numerous traffic violations, as well as the persistent rumors of delinquency in paying his property taxes. Some of the latter allegations apparently date back as far as 2008.
So far, both candidates have been very vocal in disparaging each others' qualifications for office, but have stopped short of charging each other with any quantifiable wrongdoing. The upcoming Arizona campaign promises to be a very tense and passionate affair.