You may have been receiving negative campaign mailers in your mailbox against the incumbent council. I also received these mailers, and as a result took a closer look at the finances of the PAC that was sending them.
I discovered that the PAC was using the same political consultant as the candidates, which could indicate illegal collusion under state campaign finance law, and is specifically advised against in the state campaign finance guide. While I looked into this, I also discovered some other contributions by candidate Bill Rodman to the PAC and some other potential campaign finance violations.
Accordingly, I have filed a campaign finance complaint with the Oro Valley Town Clerk, who will perform an investigation. The following is the complaint I filed. It’s unfortunate that these untruthful mailers were sent to prompt this, and I want to thank you all for your continued support. Please visit voteorovalley.com and joewinfieldmayor.com for more information.
Here are the links to see the full public Campaign Finance Records for:
July 11, 2022
To: Oro Valley Town Clerk
Campaign Finance Complaint
The following are Campaign Finance Violations that the evidence suggests have been committed by Danny Sharp, Bill Rodman, Charlie Hurt, Joe Erceg and Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC. I believe they have likely colluded in violation of the law and the state Campaign Finance Guide.
1. The same agent has been serving both groups, in direct violation of the Campaign Finance Candidate Guide and state law.
The Campaign Finance Candidate Guide states, “There are certain factors that create a presumption of coordination: – An agent of the person making the expenditure is also an agent of the candidate whose election or whose opponent’s defeat is being advocated by the expenditure. For example, a political consultant should not advise a candidate and an outside group that conducts expenditures in the candidate’s race.” (p. 67-68, emphasis added.)
ARS 16-922 (C) is the relevant statute and states the following:
“In evaluating whether an expenditure is an independent expenditure, a filing officer or enforcement officer may consider the following to be rebuttable evidence of coordination:
1. Any agent of the person making the expenditure is also an agent of the candidate whose election or whose opponent’s defeat is being advocated by the expenditure…”
This provision has been violated because the same agent has been used by both the PAC and the candidates. Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC utilizes the same political consultant, “Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona,” as the candidates for which they are advocating. No candidates have reported in-kind donations from Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC in any of their campaign finance reports, and mailers from the PAC have been represented to the public as an independent expenditure. The consultants’ website is casapolitcal.com.
- Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC paid $8,287.48 in this election cycle so far to Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona.
- Danny Sharp for Mayor paid $4,454.27 to Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona.
- Rodman for Oro Valley paid $1,239.25 to Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona.
- Charlie Hurt for OV paid $3,829.72 to Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona.
- Erceg for OV Town Council paid $3,802.75 to Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona.
2. Bill Rodman made a donation to Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC of $250.00 on November 12, 2020. Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC made expenditures advocating for his election and his opponents’ defeat. This included mailers. These mailers do not identify that they were partially paid for by Bill Rodman. One says, “Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.”
Presumably, these mailers were sent out as an “independent expenditure,” and yet there appears to be coordination between the candidate and the “independent expenditure” based on the fact that the candidate actively contributed money to the PAC. Bill Rodman does not identify any in-kind contributions from Keep Oro Valley Strong on his campaign finance reports.
3. William “Bill” Rodman made a contribution to Danny Sharp for Mayor in the amount of $250.00 on July 9, 2021, in the same election cycle in which he became a political candidate. ARS 16-913 prohibits candidate to candidate transfers.
4. Danny Sharp For Mayor received a contribution of $200.00 on July 8, 2021 from “The Lou Waters Company” and it is filed under “Individuals.” ARS 16-913 prohibits donations from corporations, LLC’s, or Unions. The 2022 Candidate Guide for campaign finance states, “A candidate committee is not permitted to accept (and is strictly prohibited from depositing) a contribution from a corporation, LLC, union, or any other business, group, organization or association (with the exception of a partnership) that is not registered as a PAC.” (p. 34.) Additionally, the occupation and employer are not listed here.
I appreciate your prompt attention to these potential campaign finance violations.
Vice Mayor, Oro Valley Town Council
2022 candidate for re-election for Oro Valley Town Council
Below are the Nov. 2020 – Nov. 2022 Election Cycle records demonstrating each of the facts and violations described above:
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC (OVPC20-01) – 1st Quarter Report – 4/6/2021: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/50889/Page1.aspx
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC (OVPC20-01) 2nd Quarter 2021 financial records: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/53806/Page1.aspx
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC (OVPC20-01) 3rd Quarter 2021 financial report: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/70921/Page1.aspx
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC (OVPC20-01) 4th Quarter 2021 financial report: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/84614/Page1.aspx
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC (OVPC20-01) 1st Quarter 2022 financial report: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/98154/Page1.aspx
Danny Sharp for Mayor
Danny Sharp For Mayor (OVTC21-01) – 2nd Quarter Report – 7/6/2021: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/53804/Page1.aspx
Danny Sharp For Mayor (OVTC21-01) – 3rd Quarter Report – 10/6/2021: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/70737/Page1.aspx
Danny Sharp For Mayor (OVTC21-01) – 4th Quarter Report – 1/14/2022: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/86163/Page1.aspx
Danny Sharp For Mayor (OVTC21-01) – 1st Quarter Report – 4/13/2022: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/99503/Page1.aspx
Charlie Hurt for OV
Charlie Hurt for OV – 1st Quarter Report – 4/11/2022: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/99050/Page1.aspx
Charlie Hurt for OV – 2nd Quarter Report – 7/14/2022: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/182756/Page1.aspx
Bill Rodman for Oro Valley
Rodman For Oro Valley – 1st Quarter Report – 4/7/2022: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/98625/Page1.aspx
Joe Erceg for OV
Erceg for OV (OVTC22-01) – 1st Quarter Report – 4/15/2022: https://srvvlfweb01.orovalley.net/WebLink/0/doc/100039/Page1.aspx
Keep Oro Valley Strong PAC and Campaigns for Danny Sharp, Bill Rodman, Charlie Hurt and Joe Erceg all share the same agent for their campaign marketing, websites, mailers, design, and signs. This is a violation of Arizona Campaign Finance laws.
To be clear, the following are all the same agent:
- Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona, LLC (Arizona Corp. Commission profile, agent name: Matthew Mann)
- PO Box 2029, Tucson, AZ 85702
- 1776 S. Palo Verde Rd #L3, Tucson, AZ 85713
- 214 N. 3rd Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
- Matt Mann Creative (Arizona Corp. Commission profile, agent name: Matthew Mann)
- 214 N 3rd Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Campaign Associates of Southern Arizona states on the website at casapolitical.com that:
“Due to the directly competitive nature of political campaigns, and the conflict of interest and ethical issues that may arise therein, Campaign Associates of So. AZ reserves the right to refrain from providing any service it does not deem appropriate, without any explanation necessary. “
firstname.lastname@example.org, PO Box 2029, Tucson, AZ 85702 – https://casapolitical.com/