Pima County Supervisor Bronson Commits Viral Campaign Finance Violation

Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson and her campaign consultant, Shasta McManus, of Strategic Issues Management Group appear to have violated state statute, according to emails turned over to the Arizona Daily Independent. The emails were part of a records request filed last month.

McManus appeared to be giddy when she announced in an email dated May 20, 2016 that she wanted to make a story about a 19 year old’s fake website go viral. Unfortunately for the pair, the excitement got them better of them and in the course of the scheme they used County resources in violation of state law.

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According to Republican Legislative District Chair Sergio Arellano, whose District is partially represented by Bronson, a report will be filed with the Attorney General’s office. Arellano stated in an appearance on the James T. Harris radio show stated that it was unfortunate that Bronson and McManus wanted to use a mistake by a 19 year old to attack Supervisor Ally Miller.

At issue is the decision by Ally Miller’s staffer, 19 year old Timothy DesJarlais, to create a fake news website on his own time. DesJarlais at first denied making the website when other campaigns complained of it to local media. Eventually he admitted to making the site, but not before tabloids used it to attack Miller. While Miller’s challenger John Winchester made false accusations about Miller, Supervisor Ray Carroll, and Bronson used the faux scandal to abuse Miller at Board meetings.

Shasta hard at work with lapdog Jim Nintzel selling Supervisor Sharon Bronson and Miller challenger John Winchester.
Shasta hard at work with lapdog Jim Nintzel selling Supervisor Sharon Bronson and Miller challenger John Winchester.

Arizona Revised Statute 11-410 — Use of county resources or employees to influence elections; prohibition; civil penalty; definitions reads in part:A. A county shall not spend or use its resources, including the use or expenditure of monies, accounts, credit, facilities, vehicles, postage, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, web pages, personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or any other thing of value, for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections. Notwithstanding this section, a county may distribute informational pamphlets on a proposed bond election as provided in section 35-454 if those informational pamphlets present factual information in a neutral manner. Nothing in this section precludes a county from reporting on official actions of the county board of supervisors.

H. For the purposes of this section:

2. “Influencing the outcomes of elections” means supporting or opposing a candidate for nomination or election to public office or the recall of a public officer or supporting or opposing a ballot measure, question or proposition, including any bond, budget or override election and supporting or opposing the circulation of a petition for the recall of a public officer or a petition for a ballot measure, question or proposition in any manner that is not impartial or neutral.

3. “Misused funds” means county monies or resources used unlawfully as proscribed by this section.

To compound matters, Bronson then sent an email containing one of the articles, sent to her office by Dylan Smith of the Tucson Sentinel, to campaign contributors.
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Bronson isn’t the only one who has used County resources in a questionable manner. Records indicate that Ray Carroll’s staff was tasked with transcribing an appearance by Miller on Harris’s show. It is hard to imagine, given Carroll’s relentless attacks on Miller, that his staff ‘s labor will serve anything other than his political agenda.

Your County tax dollars at work.

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12 Comments

  1. Unfortunately once a person is elected to a public office they are immune to prosecution or consequences for violations of the law they were elected to govern under. Further complication the matter it doesn’t appear that we have a county attorney or Attorney General with enough integrity to do their job regardless of the offenders Position or Party.

    Keep your chin up it makes an easier target.

  2. I was in Arivaca today at a forum with Bronson vs. DeMarco, Terry Staten/Sheriff Candidate, both attys running, Chris Ackerly, Galbedon, & Hernandez. DeMarco pretty much put Bronson to shame. People in this county don’t know what’s going on because it’s not in the paper or on the news. A huge gasp from the audience when they were told Chuck made $320,000 per year. Staten did a great job. No one knew Nanos, Gagnepaid, & Radtke were under criminal FBI investigation. Another gasp. He’ll be a great Sheriff. Get off your butts and help these candidates. It’s us vs. them. It’s our turn. Vote ’em out. Educate people….even in Arivaca it made a difference.

  3. Jojo, you are so right. The voting public are kept in the dark, or choose to stay in the dark. We actually have a chance to change Pima County politics for the better this time. As far as Terry Staten, candidates like this come along once in a blue moon. Terry would be the best thing to happen to the Sheriff’s Dept. and Pima County in the last 40 years.

  4. No! you are not kept in the dark. CH gives employee raises, TUSD, gives 1/3 employee raise, PCC hire a PR person, all before an election. You best VOTE. Once you get the money I want it back. Cut back on services, 1% PC sales tax.

  5. Ray Carroll also took his office contact list and subscribed them all to his campaign manager’s online publication, the southern arizona news examiner. That seems inappropriate use of county resources also.

  6. This is the kind of thuggery that goes on at all levels in Pima County! It has been coordinated with those hoping for their next job working for Huckelberry as one of the hounds in the Communications Department . Ray Carroll is doing his part in hopes of a job. Let’s see where he lands.

    • Ally he will be the new director of “Balloon Port Pima.” Great work if you can get it. Chuck even gave him a great benefit package!!!!! How can I get a yard sign?

  7. Has the Tucson Weekly conspired with Bronson’s support staff to nullify votes? If it is illegal for the employee does their media supporter get charged or get a free pass? The Weekly ran a multitude of articles about this issue. And they were getting it directly from a supervisors support staff?

    Can anybody let KVOA KGUN and KOLD know?

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