Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Matt Salmon: Taking a Stand against Dishonest Campaign Tactics

March 7, 2012
Salmon for Congress

It has come to our attention that Matt Salmon's opponent for Congress has resorted to dishonest and misleading tactics in an attempt to besmirch Salmon's longstanding conservative credentials.

Former Congressman Matt Salmon has a proven track record of cutting wasteful spending, balancing budgets and demanding fiscal responsibility. He has been honored by the Citizen's Against Government Waste as a "Watchdog of the Treasury" and "Taxpayer Hero" for his performance in fighting to reduce the size and cost of government.

Congressman Salmon's pro-business record also earned him the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce each of his six years in Congress and six consecutive honors as a "Friend of Small Business" from the National Federation of Independent Business. His record of advocating for pro-business policies and fighting to reduce regulations is why he was hired by COMPTEL Inc., a leading telecommunications trade association.

Former Congressman Salmon was hired by the association in 2008. Yesterday, his opponent made an accusation that was called "blatantly false" by the Arizona Capitol Times that attempted to tie Salmon to a contribution made to Hillary Clinton by COMPTEL PAC and its board of directors in 2007 - before Salmon even worked for the organization! Regardless of the fact that contribution decisions are made by the board of directors, Salmon's opponent has become so desperate to remain relevant that he has chosen to distort the truth to save his failing effort - only backing down when his false accusations are exposed.

This past week the Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Tom Morrissey, wrote to Adams and Salmon warning, "misrepresentations of records, and character attacks, which are not supported by the record, do a disservice to our entire party and the integrity of both you fine gentlemen."

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident when it comes to Salmon's opponent using dishonest tactics to try to mislead the voters about his conservative record. Last week, Salmon's opponent took to using a "push poll" to spread misinformation and deceitful allegations. This tactic was recently made illegal in the state of New Hampshire and is banned under the code of ethics of the American Association of Political Consultants.

We must speak out against these desperate attempts to deceive voters, and set the record straight. No one should be misled by the desperate attempts of a dishonest and failing campaign.

Salmon's record is beyond reproach:

• As a member of Congress, helped to balance the federal budget for the first time in over a generation

• Rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by the Citizen's Against Government Waste - 6 consecutive years

• Earned Watchdog of the Treasury from the Citizen's Against Government Waste - 6 consecutive years

• Received the Taxpayer Hero Award from the Citizen's Against Government Waste

• Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - 6 consecutive years

• Honored as a Friend of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business - 6 consecutive years

• Rated A+ by the NRA, Lifetime member of the NRA

• Rated 100% by National Right to Life

• Endorsed by Club for Growth, America's preeminent organization to promote prosperity and opportunity through economic freedom

• Endorsed by conservative icons like Senators Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) and John Thune (South Dakota).

These are the reasons why we are supporting Matt Salmon over his opponent. We are confident the voters of Congressional District 5 will see through these deceiving and dishonest tactics and strongly encourage Congressman Salmon's opponent to run a campaign based on the facts and the issues.


Gary Pierce, Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission
Mark Killian, Former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives
Chuck Gray, Former Arizona State Senator

And from the Yellow Sheet 

From the Yellow Sheet: In January, Adams unveiled a web video in which one of his campaign staffers gets reactions from East
Valley voters when they learn that Salmon, during his time as a congressional lobbyist, made contributions
to Democrats Pastor and Joe Baca (D-­CA) in 2009. The latest Adams campaign video (
LINK) alleges that
Salmon, as treasurer of a PAC for communication service providers, gave $2,000 to Hillary Clinton in
September 2007. However, that appears to be blatantly false, as Salmon did not work for Comptel or its
PAC at the time. Salmon critics are also saying Comptel, under Salmon’s leadership, gave heavily to Dems,
though those claims also don’t seem to be supported by the facts. One railbird noted that it was somewhat
odd that Salmon and Schweikert have “teamed up” and endorsed each other, given that a PAC Salmon was
tied to in 2008 gave money to Mitchell, and not Schweikert. Federal contribution records show that the
PAC operated by Comptel gave $49,228 to Dem congressional candidates and only $32,500 to Republican
candidates. Given that Salmon was Comptel’s president at the time and treasurer of the PAC, the railbird
said he was complicit in helping Dems get elected. (Of the 22 Dem candidates that received money from Comptel that year, only 10 had GOP opponents, and most were lopsided victories for the Dems. Mitchell’s
53-­44 victory was the closest contest.) However, FEC records show that Salmon did not become treasurer
of the PAC until July 15, 2008, long after many of the contributions were made. (Salmon was named
president of Comptel in January 2008, but he reported to CEO Jerry James.) After Salmon became the
PAC’s treasurer, the committee actually gave more money to Republicans: In the last half of 2008, the
committee gave $9,000 to GOP candidates and only $4,500 to Dems. Salmon left Comptel in March 2009
to form lobbying firm Policy Impact, which has since been renamed Upstream Consulting. A call to
Salmon was not returned.

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