Monday, September 12, 2016

Anti-Joe Arpaio Independent Expenditure Committee Sending Mailers to Valley Republicans

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 AT 9:35 A.M.
BY STEPHEN LEMONS
The obverse of a Maricopa Strong flier, recently mailed to an East Valley voter.
Maricopa Strong, a recently formed independent expenditure committee with a Phoenix address, has been sending anti-Sheriff Joe Arpaio mailers to Republicans in Maricopa County over the last couple of weeks. 
According to sources with knowledge of the committee, Maricopa Strong is the creation of Berlin Rosen, a liberal political consulting firm with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and California, which boasts strong ties to New York's Democratic Mayor Bill DeBlasio, as well as progressive billionaire and right-wing bete noire George Soros. 
Contacted by phone, Berlin Rosen co-founder Valerie Berlin would only say that she is not authorized to speak on behalf of the committee. 
A call to the Richmond, Virginia, phone number listed on Maricopa Strong's statement of organization with Maricopa County Elections was not immediately returned. But both that number and the committee's chairwoman, Whitney Tymas, have been associated with independent expenditure committees in other states that have been financed by Soros and have paid Berlin Rosen for services rendered. 
For example, according to campaign finance records filed with the state of Florida, Tymas is listed as both the chair and treasurer of the Florida Justice and Safety Committee, which was financed to the tune of $1.3 million by Soros and paid Berlin Rosen almost the same amount of money for TV ad buys and mailers to attack Jeff Ashton, Florida State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, in his recent Democratic primary battle against newcomer Aramis Ayala.
With the help of the Soros-financed IE, Ayala, an African American woman, bested Ashton by nearly 14 points in the August 30 Florida primary, de facto becoming the local prosecutor for that district, as the Republicans did not field a candidate. Soros' influence was a major topic of discussion during the race. 

A recent Politico article painted Florida Justice and Safety as part of a nationwide campaign by Soros to affect radical change to America's criminal justice system in favor of elected prosecutors that support sentencing reform. To this end, according to Politico, Soros has spent more than $3 million this year on seven local district attorney races across the country. More at Phoenix New Times

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