As longtime readers of this site are well aware, it’s a rare occasion we see eye-to-eye with the daily newspaper. The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) holds obtuse and extreme positions on a wide variety of issues, routinely veering far left of the political center. Like the harping of a bitter shrew, the relentless rant becomes wearisome. Whether the topic is illegal immigration (which the newspaper supports) or conservative elected officials (which the editorial board, reporters, columnists and cartoonist work in unison to disparage), the aim is the same. The unified, shrill cry from various staff corners is an irksome assault on reasonable sensibilities.
Today is that rare occasion when we actually agree with an editorial. This one, Suit may garner answers, asks the question, “Why in the world is a public agency like the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission spending what looks like a healthy fortune on promoting itself in advertising?”
The editorial states, “Former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton, with the legal assistance of the conservative Goldwater Institute, claims the commission is illegally spending taxpayer dollars on self-promotion.” Here is the Goldwater Institute‘s take on the issue. Arizona Capitol Times reports on the lawsuit here.
This morning’s editorial takes on the costly expenditures of the commission and rightly calls its “Closed Door Syndrome” television ad, featuring a residential front door with arms and legs, “bizarre.”
Equally bizarre is the fact that we agree.
Seeing Red AZ has previously written about the taxpayer funded scheme:
Clean Elections money: Look what you bought, (November 29, 2010)
SCOTUS guts “Clean” Elections matching funds, (June 28, 2011)
Food for thought: Robb does “clean” elections, (July 1, 2011)