Vernon Parker’s latest scam

Failed Third Congressional candidate Vernon Parker’s questionable maneuverings have long been the topic of conversation.

According to this account in the Arizona Republic, citing a federal report, Parker submitted misleading information about his then-status as a federal employee to get his consulting firm certified through a small-business program. As a result of that certification Parker’s diversity-centered business, VBP Group LLC, received a contract worth $1.2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The contract paid VBP Group to coach small businesses on how to apply for government contracts.

More recently, the one-time appointed Paradise Valley Mayor momentarily dipped his toe into the 2010 gubernatorial race, before hopping over to crowded CD 3 pond, from which Ben Quayle ultimately emerged victorious. His penchant for covering all bases is keenly honed, as evidenced by Parker’s endorsement of John McCain‘s last senatorial bid as he brazenly and simultaneously showed up at a soiree for J.D. Hayworth, McCain’s opponent.

Today Parker is mentioned twice in the morning newspaper.

First, under the banner headline Arpaio fundraisers raise questions, giving the appearance that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the beneficiary of donations ostensibly for his defense fund, although it is not affiliated with the sheriff and he cannot use any cash it raises to mount a legal defense, should he ever need one. The Committee to Defend Sheriff Joe has deceptively been raising money in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s name.

And who is behind this scheme? None other than Vernon Parker.

This information regarding the fundraising efforts comes directly from the daily’s report, although the links are to our previous articles:

Gary Bae is the group’s director, according to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. He formerly led a group called Wake Up! Arizona, a coalition of business owners and activists opposed to Arizona’s employer-sanctions law. On Tuesday, hours after Arpaio’s deputies raided a West Valley business as part of an immigration sweep, Parker said Bae’s background of working against one of Arpaio’s pet immigration issues did not present a conflict for the Committee to Defend Sheriff Joe. “There’s a stark difference, for me at least, between employer sanctions and drug cartels and human trafficking,” Parker said.

Nearly all of the money the committee has spent so far – more than $17,000 – has gone to Lincoln Strategy Group, according to IRS filings. Bae shares office space with Lincoln Strategy, according to documents filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Lincoln Strategy is a public-affairs firm owned by Nathan Sproul, who ran a 2008 campaign to defeat Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Dist.18) one of Arpaio’s closest political allies. The committee’s treasurer, Kelly Lawler, served in the same role this year for congressional candidate Susan Bitter Smith, who falsely claimed an Arpaio endorsement in the Republican primary.

And that second mention of McCain-insider Vernon Parker in today’s edition? It’s a blood-chiller.  He’s considering running for the AZ GOP chairman position.

11 Responses to Vernon Parker’s latest scam

  1. PV Voter says:

    Why is this guy still around, much less considering leading the Arizona Republican Party? After all of his con jobs, he should be ashamed to show his face in Republican circles.

  2. State Committeeman says:

    Are you kidding? Parker is exactly the type of operative Team McCain prays for (if they prayed)! Even though he lives in one of the most affluent zip codes in the country, he peddles his hard-luck story while tied in with another disreputable creep, Nathan Sproul. Joe Arpaio should call him out on this scam.

  3. Seen It All says:

    The McCainiacs are trying to ‘scorch-earth’ the political landscape at the various district elections for state committeemen, who will in turn elect state and county officers. Fortunately some of the districts have gotten their people educated as to what the agenda is and have had conservative sweeps, tossing out the RINOs. McCain is baring his teeth in rage at the temerity of those who dared to cross him and vote for JD Hayworth. This is his attempt at payback.

  4. Jane says:

    It’s called greasing the skids. All this is consistent with the portrait in my mind of Parker. It’s unfortunate for all. Bad for Arizona should anyone so desperate for power and recognition eventually get what they want. Haven’t we had our fill of that with John McCain?

  5. Frankly Speaking says:

    How much has to occur before someone has stepped over the ethical line enough to be considered tainted? Parker should get back to running his diversity hustling business.

  6. LD 7 PC says:

    This could be why he’s known as “Vermin” to political insiders. Good post!

    Connecting these dots could make even the strongest among us very dizzy.

  7. Doc says:

    I gotta’ kinda’ wonder why Sheriff Joe hasn’t sent this man down to 4th Street…

  8. Tyler M says:

    Nathan Sproul is a snake. He is the worst kind of person in all of Arizona. I can’t wait until that slime-ball is completely out of work, since his candidates almost always fail miserably.

  9. Standing Tall says:

    Vernon Parker and his equally snake-like colluder Nathan Sproul seem to think Sheriff Joe Arpaio is their milkable cash cow. The sheriff ought to call them both out on this outrageous and offensive scam in which he is being used for their profit.

  10. Realist says:

    Let’s see…Parker resigned as Mayor of PV to run for Governor. Then he withdrew from that race to run for Congress. Now he wants to be state GOP chair. If that doesn’t work out for him, I have an even better idea. Since he was unwittingly used and abused by the McKyl establishment over the past year. He should follow the dictates of the “golden rule” and run for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat that will be open in 2012. THIS WILL MAKE HIM A WINNER !!!

  11. TRANSFUSION says: