Follow the Money in AZ, and Keep Grijalva in Congress!
2010 Elections:in AZ
By Judith Le Blanc
Yesterday the truth came out. Corporations met, discussed, and voted on the language for AZ Senate Bill 1070 (SB 1070) a law legalizing racial profiling. Then they colluded with the AZ governor and right-wingers in the legislature to pass it.
NPR broke the story on the two bedfellows who are playing a huge role in the 2010 elections in AZ and around the country: corporate greed and ugly, racist fear mongering.
“NPR spent the past several months analyzing hundreds of pages of campaign finance reports, lobbying documents and corporate records. What they show is a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona SB 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the industry.”
Last night on MSNBC, Congressman responded to the revelations saying, “We have been battered by the opposition for 6 months for our opposition to SB1070. It wasn’t about immigration or border security. It‘s about building private prisons, filling them and taking a profit from the federal government.”
I am helping to coordinate a phone-calling center for the Grijalva campaign in. It is energizing to see scores of folks coming to volunteer, young and old, all colors, sizes and ages.
A good number say they never volunteered before. They were afraid of what might happen, if they didn’t get involved this time.
I have the luxury of listening in on their conversations once I get them set up on the computers, which dial the calls. They make the most compelling arguments for why we need Raul in Congress. They sometimes list the causes he has championed. But today volunteers are saying that he was right to support the call for organizations to not hold their conferences or conventions in AZ as a protest boycott. They proudly said that we need more elected officials, like Raul, who will stand up against the rich and powerful who try to divide the poor and working people.
Think Progress (a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a nonpartisan organization) found the same kind of ties between private prison groups and candidates or legislators in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Money has been pouring in from undisclosed sources for the Tea Party candidate Ruth McClung who is challenging Raul. You still have an opportunity to contribute what you can for the Get Out the Vote efforts here in AZ.