New elections complaint filed against Huppenthal for using State property to campaign


Are John Huppenthal’s chickens coming home to roost at long last?

An Arizona citizen has filed a formal complaint with the Clean Elections Commission against current Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal for allegedly using state property to send campaign literature to thousands of Arizonans.

In an article on 8/12 , I detailed how Huppenthal used state employee email lists to send a campaign letter, using the AZ Dept of Education logo and containing campaign talking points regarding the Common Core, to possibly 60,000 teachers across Arizona.  . The emailed letter also contained a link to a video posted on Youtube, also containing the AZ Dept of Education logo, where Huppenthal reiterated his campaign talking points.  I was one of the teachers who received his email letter/video on my school email.

Huppenthal, like many candidates, is using money from the Clean Elections Commission to fund his campaign.  The Clean Elections Commission was established in 1998 to provide campaign money to candidates who agreed to forgo special interest money and abide by the Clean Elections rules and regulations.  According to the complaint, Huppenthal has allegedly broken Clean Election rule R2-20-312 “Use of state property” which states:

“A Commissioner or employee shall not directly or indirectly use, or allow the use of , state property of any kind, including property leased to the state, for other than officially approved activities. Commissioners and employees have a positive duty to protect and conserve state property including equipment, supplies, and other property entrusted or issued to him or her.”

Huppenthal has until Monday, the day before the primary election, to respond to the complaint. Arizonans can’t wait to see which Huppenthal will respond?

bradBrad McQueen is a former Common Core insider and current public school teacher in Tucson, Arizona and is the author of the anti-Common Core book “The Cult of Common Core”. Connect with Brad at


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  1. Apparently, the Clean Elections rules and regulations do not require that Huppenthal tell the TRUTH in campaign advertising. The man is 100% behind implementing Common Core, yet advertises that he is the only candidate stopping its implementation.

    Huppenthal takes both sides of the issue and counts on low information votes not to notice.

    Once defeated, Huppenthal is most qualified for a position at The Waffle House.

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