Does Jason Rose think the Goldwater Institute was formed by robots and staffed entirely by volunteers?

21 Oct 2009 01:44 pm
Posted by: Donna

He must, since the only response he could muster to Sal DiCiccio’s 202 freeway problem was a petulant sniffle that Dana Kennedy *gasp* took a small salary from a non-profit organization she worked for.

DiCiccio has yet to respond to New Times’ request for comment, but immediately on exiting the press conference, we received a press release by email from his campaign flack, Jason Rose. Rose criticized Kennedy for taking a salary from the non-profit she helped to start to get women involved in politics.

Tax returns show that Kennedy was paid $24,000 to serve as the executive director of Emerge Arizona. (Duly noted, Jason.)

Rose and his army of RW blogger stooges have been trying like hell to get some traction on the supposed controversy of Dana getting paid for the work she did for Emerge for a while now. Remember that the first rule of GOP projection is whatever they accuse you of doing, they are doing themselves and usually in spades. So of course it would turn out that Sal DiCiccio is the one with the questionable (to put it mildly) financial dealings.

And of course they would try to draw a false equivalence. In this case the equivalence is laughably absurd. Yeah, Jason, Dana helped found Emerge. Organizations tend to be founded by people. Those people go on to run the organization and some of them do so much work that the board of the group decides it would be good to pay them for the work. As hard as it may be for you to believe, it’s possible to get paid for other things besides running sleazy campaigns and making creepy disgusting ads about a Sheriff’s candidate. Or being a dishonest developer like your client. Just ask the hundreds of women throughout the country who have gone through the Emerge program about the hard work Dana Kennedy did to earn her small salary.

Some Republican women were so impressed with Emerge that they formed their own group to train and mentor candidates. I wonder if any of the founders of that program earns a salary. I also wonder if anyone who helped form Goldwater, Center for Arizona Policy, Greater Phoenix Crisis Pregnancy Centers, or Arizona Right To Life ever drew a salary. Then again, if they did, that would be IOKIYAR.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 21, 2009 3:50 pm

    Ha! Looks like Jason Rose has the we-knee disease. Certainly can’t be making a rational case, just blame someone else. Quite the man Rosie, you’re doing a good job of following in the the steps of your owner Sal. Just remember you’re alway behind him.

    Big tip O’ the hat to our hostesses.This is a story of corruption that’s making some “officials” obviously uncomfortable. If I had that kitchen cabinet ,I’d call in a contractor. It stinks to high heaven.

  2. Comment by Jen on October 21, 2009 4:26 pm

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a little over the typical “pot points finger at kettle and laughs” stance of Republicans in this state.

    The GI is likely the clubhouse to the biggest political financiers in this state and operates as a 501c3. WTF. As for pay, Mr. Ladner made approx.. $141,000 in 2007 for essentially poo-pooing public education at the lege and in various questionable “research” pieces, while also serving on the board of a school tuition org, Arizona School Choice Trust.

    Both the GI and the STO are 501c3 nonprofits. HOW in the name of sunshine the GI can operate as 501c3 — not a 501c4 — is beyond me. Heavy hitters give big money to the GI (and aren’t disclosed to the public) for access to policy makers (says so on their own website). Seems a little ridiculous friends/supporters of the GI would be eager to go after Ms. Kennedy.

    But as you say, IOKIYAR…

  3. Comment by Zelph on October 21, 2009 6:26 pm

    I heard that Ira Fulton of Fulton Homes puts up a big chuck of the funds for GI. Anyone know if that’s the case?

  4. Comment by diane on October 21, 2009 6:44 pm

    Let’s see how long this posts lasts up here. This was the actual press release:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Questions About Personal Enrichment Via Partisan Charity Emerge For Phoenix City Council Candidate Dana Kennedy

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA. OCTOBER 20, 2009. While it’s unknown if U2 will sing “Vertigo” at University of Phoenix Stadium tonight, it’s almost certain Phoenix voters will catch a case of political vertigo after learning of council candidate Dana Kennedy’s personal enrichment via a partisan charity.

    “Emerge AZ,” a charity run by Kennedy, was founded to train liberals running for political office. But tax records show that it is Kennedy herself who seems to be winning the most.

    In the most recent tax filings available over half of the charitable monies raised were used to pay Kennedy herself. Only $1,000 was spent on “training,” the supposed intent of the charity, while some $6,000 were spent on parties.

    Additionally, Kennedy appears to have failed to disclose her position as a board member for the same charity, creating even more questions about her conflicts of interest with the charity and reasons for hiding it.

    “Creating jobs and providing remedies for the city budget situation are the two biggest challenges facing Phoenix today. But creating a job for one’s self via charitable donations is not effective or appropriate experience for helping Phoenicians getting jobs in this recession. And if Sal Diciccio’s opponent cannot ethically manage a small charitable budget how in the world would she be able to help with the second largest budget in the State of Arizona?” said Sal Diciccio for Council supporter and Phoenix neighborhood leader Alex Tauber.

    For copies of the most recent tax records or additional comment please contact Jason Rose.

  5. Comment by Dana on October 21, 2009 8:53 pm

    I just have to say, they didn’t bother to look at 2004, 2005, 2006 where I put in my own money to the organization. I went part time with my other job to get Emerge to be a sustainable organization. When Jason sent out the press release I invited the reporter to come by my rich digs. They don’t even understand non-profits if they did they would understand that 501c4’s cant even write off donations and most likely don’t get grants. Now if I started a for profit company they would have no problem with that correct?

  6. Comment by For Zelph on October 21, 2009 10:26 pm

    Here’s a link to the GI 990s. Note: Because they are a 501c3, they are not required to disclose who gives what contribution. But each year contains a list of “unpaid directors” with a few notable names.

  7. Comment by Donna on October 21, 2009 11:08 pm

    Diane, you should ask your boss Jason about the SCA. Talk about a slush fund!

  8. Comment by Donna on October 21, 2009 11:39 pm

    In 2002, the Goldwater Institute took in $375,287 in revenue. It paid out $180,352 in compensation to officers and other salaries. It appears that nearly half of the charitable monies contributed to the organization went directly to the PERSONAL ENRICHMENT of the people running the organization in that year.

    I don’t recall Jason Rose sending out a press release expressing his outrage at that. Maybe it’s because U2 didn’t do a concert here that year? Diane?

  9. Comment by Eli_Blake on October 22, 2009 10:33 am


    I guess the GI isn’t very transparent about stuff like that either.

  10. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 22, 2009 10:54 am

    went directly to the PERSONAL ENRICHMENT of the people running the organization in that year.

    Aw jeez, give ’em a break, Stinking…. oops, try again, making up… dang, once more, thinking up important thoughts is hard work. Once or twice a week in the office is exhausting.

  11. Comment by Krista on October 22, 2009 11:36 am

    That press release is laughable. It’s easy to mislead people when omitting most of the facts.

    Again, this illustrates Sal’s desperation. This non-story isn’t going to deflect questions about Sal’s 202 debacle.

  12. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 22, 2009 3:20 pm

    Sal’s 202 debacle.

    Oooooo, loooong bad day me..
    Kityy wants to play too. Names for the so much needed debacle.
    The Sal DiCccio
    -Pad Way.
    – Run Away
    – Why? Highway
    – It’s My Way Highway

  13. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 22, 2009 3:22 pm

    I give up trying to spell in the afternoon.

  14. Comment by Donna on October 22, 2009 4:16 pm

    The Boondoggle Expressway?

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