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Opinion: I Read the Court Case

07 August 2017   Paul Dunn

The information is there for voters to find.

After receiving the most recent "hit piece" flyer maligning Mayoral candidate, Mary Beth Hrin, I decided to read the court case cited in the flyer. What I found is that the two quotations in the flyer were taken totally out of context. Contrary to what the flyer would have one believe, a trial court jury found in favor of Ms. Hrin. Moreover, the jury's verdict was affirmed by the court. Anyone wishing to read the actual court opinion will be able to find it on the Internet by googling “Allstate Insurance vs. Mary B. Hrin.”

The two intertwined organizations responsible for circulating this misleading and deceitful flyer are Integrated Web Strategies (IWS) and the Arizona Voter Education Project (AVEP). The IWS website states that it is a recognized national leader in public affairs and political campaigns. AVEP's Articles of Incorporation state that its purpose is to "ensure the accuracy of publicly disseminated information in Arizona." Both organizations have the same Phoenix office address. Morever, the President & CEO of IWS is also the Chairman of AVEP.

Compare AVEP's actions in mailing these political flyers with the following language that appears in its Articles of Incorporation:

"No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office."

Anyone having questions about these flyers may want to telephone IWS at (602) 222-4700 or visit its offices at 5330 N 12th Street in Phoenix to get answers to any questions they may have based on these facts.

Paul Dunn
Prescott, Arizona