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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Money, Money, Money… Setting the Record Straight

Pamela Powers Hannley

As a Clean Elections candidate, when I invite you to an event, it’s about having a conversation with voters– not about asking for money.

A recent political blurb in the Arizona Daily Star said that I had raised less money than the LD9 appointee:

In LD 9, a more expected pattern has held: Incumbents Randy Friese and Matt Kopec hold the fundraising advantage over challenger Pamela Powers Hannley. Friese reported raising $43,491, Kopec raised $11,566, and Hannley, also running as a clean elections candidate, reported raising $4,777 before her public money kicks in.

The problem with this statement is that my public funds have already kicked in. After expenses, I have nearly double the amount of money the appointee has– $9763 vs $17,780— and I will receive an additional $24,066 after the primary. How much will the appointee be able to raise dialing for dollars?

Clean Elections candidates must spend all of their funds or send them back. Consequently, you’ll be seeing my yard signs and banners soon. I’ve also got a postcard mailing and testimonial videos from supporters in the works. In addition, I have several coffee with the candidate events and two house parties coming up. Watch this blog and my campaign’s Facebook page for announcements. (Also– remember– when I invite you to an event, it’s not to get money from you. It’s to have a conversation.) Stay tuned!

To set the campaign finance record straight, I sent this letter to the editor, which the Star printed on Sunday.

Re: the July 8 column “Flake shows Trump Arizona’s emerging maverick.”

Regarding Tim Steller’s Political Notebook item, “House incumbents lag.” Please let me clarify the Clean Elections funding for Republican Ana Henderson and myself in the LD9 House race. Both Ana and I have raised the maximum amount of seed money allowed to Clean Elections candidates ($4011), plus family money. Instead of “dialing for dollars” to raise money from wealthy donors, Clean Elections candidates reach out to LD9 voters to collect a minimum of 250 individual $5 contributions. Grassroots support from voters qualifies us for public funds of $16,044 for the primary and $24,066 for the general election — roughly $44,000 total.

Ana and I have already received our $16,044 Clean Elections distribution for the primary. As a result, after expenses, we both have significantly more money on hand than the supervisors’ appointee, Matt Kopec. In fact, all six women candidates running clean in Southern Arizona have received their public funds, and many have more money than privately funded candidates. Clean Elections works.


Pamela Powers Hannley

Candidate for Arizona House, LD9


Cross-posted from PowersForThePeople.net.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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