Clean Elections dinged her $20,000, lowered the fine to $5,000, and finally allowed her to pay $2,500.

Another of Querard's candidates, Representative David Burnell Smith, resigned because of Clean Elections violations, though he ran again and was elected.

Despite all this ammo, the AG's Office under Terry "Do Nothing" Goddard, produced zero indictments.

During the defamation suit, more Querard shenanigans were uncovered with his nonprofit Arizona Family Project, which paid him a salary and allegedly was used to affect the outcomes of GOP primaries.

"I turned the light on, and they scattered like cockroaches," Ryan said of his work in the libel trial. "Know why? Because they're cockroaches."

Concerning Liddy's allegation that Querard had been "utilizing illegal tactics to launder tax-exempt nonprofit money into politics," the judge in the case said he believed Liddy's statement to be true and ruled against Querard.

No wonder C.Q. wants HB 2551 passed.

On the committee, Democrat Andrea Dalessandro had the temerity to ask how many of the committee's members were clients of Querard's.

Montenegro didn't like that question, advising Dalessandro to "be careful."

Of what? The truth?

"I have 20 clients in this Legislature," Querard kvetched. "It's impossible for me to find a committee that doesn't have someone I've worked with or against [on it]."

He reminded Dalessandro that he had run campaigns against her in the past and suggested the possibility that he might do so again.

"You've heard the bill," C.Q. told her. "Do you want to go back to your district and tell them, by the way, any state agency can go to your bank, take what they want to, they don't have to tell you about it, and I voted to say that was okay?"

Querard left out the part about having that little thing called a subpoena. Details, details.

Justifying their votes, C.Q.'s servants on the committee wrapped themselves in the flag and the U.S. Constitution.

They pointed to a similar federal law that does not apply to the states and suggested this was all about protecting citizens' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

Republican legislator Debbie Lesko also voted for the bill, though C.Q. didn't run her campaign. Perhaps that's what allowed her to voice concern over the DES' objection to the bill.

All three Dems on the committee voted against HB 2551, for what it's worth. This, friends, is our representative democracy at work — and it represents C.Q. pretty darn well.

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Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

What a strange world we live in where a Republican campaign consultant is working to protect Arizonans financial privacy and a columnist from the Phoenix New Times advocate in favor of velvet glove government practices.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

The articles today give you all you need to know about many Arizona right wing politicians. Lunatic, self serving behavior that are disgraces to those who actually serve the public. Arpaio, Babeu, most of the Republican caucus in the legislature, and extreme one issue non entities like Trent Franks, kowtow to just a few groups of extremists to the detriment of the people of Arizona. Even conservative voters should be afraid of the influence of ALEC, the Goldwater Institute, the Arizona Center for Theocracy, and corporate interests who love public money, as long they can get it without questions. When will the voters wake up and get rid of this mentality?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Didn't CQ run now twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce's recall campaign?

CQ must be a TeaBagger, cuz he's got 6 fuzzy legs and eats dung.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Montenegro threw his political baggage into the wrong cart. Uncle Russ got tossed, and uncle Trent won't fund his campaigns forever. What a little worm. peace

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

David Gowan is, without a doubt, one of the dumbest of the dumb.  A five minute conversation with him will prove that.  Another born again whackjob in the pocket of the NRA, using a sleazebag like QC.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

typical of our state GOP members...which is why i now call this the GOP version of Chicago on roids. 

MotherJones
MotherJones

@MaskedMagician1967 Actually Chad Willems ran it, but CQ did an IE and assisted in numerous other ways. When Pearce ran in the GOP primary for LD 25 last year, CQ ran that, and lost, big time.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@MotherJones @MaskedMagician1967

Thanks. I couldn't remember which cockroach ran Pearce's recall.

 
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