Throwback Thursday: Fred DuVal’s “No Dark Money” Pledge

Throwback Thursday: Fred DuVal’s “No Dark Money” Pledge

Just-Say-No-to-Dark-Money DuVal Silent as New Dark Money Group Forms to Support Him

PHOENIX – Just two months ago special interest lobbyist Fred DuVal issued a “Dark Money Challenge” to the Republican gubernatorial candidates, saying that people “have a right to know who’s paying to influence their vote” and calling on them to reject dark money. Today, a new so-called “dark money group” called Get Ahead With Fred was formed to help elect Fred DuVal.

“Looks like Fred DuVal’s commitment to transparency lasted about as long as a bucket of ice in the Phoenix heat,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “But did Arizona voters really expect anything less from a special interest lobbyist and political insider whose career has been built on favors and convenience? Fred DuVal failed his own challenge – there should be no doubt that he will also fail hard-working Arizona families.”

The Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts previously commented on the pledge-in-name-only, writing, “Still, credit goes to DuVal for making the attempt.” (Laurie Roberts, “Fred DuVal Issues Dark Money Challenge,” The Arizona Republic, 7/23/14)