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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3:59 pm | Updated: 3:08 pm, Tue Sep 18, 2012.

While Ally Miller won the Republican nomination for the Pima County Board of Supervisors District 1 race Tuesday night, allegations are now surfacing over her finance reports filed before the Aug. 28 primary.

Two of Miller’s opponents, Mike Hellon and Stuart McDaniel, have filed complaints with the Pima County Elections office, alleging that Miller’s campaign violated finance laws.

The allegations center around an independent firm who has been supporting Miller’s campaign. Mitch Stallard, the developer of the La Encantada Shopping Center, gave $10,000 to Tagline Media Group to purchase television and print advertising for Miller’s campaign.

Finance reports filed with the county office show Stallard gave Tagline Media $5,000 on Aug. 8, and then another $5,000 on Aug. 9.

While the financing is legal, Miller’s opponents are questioning the company Stallard gave the money to.

Tagline is the same company Miller had been using for the design of signs and photographs.

Hellon contends that Tagline can’t work for both an independent firm, and Miller’s campaign at the same time. The complaint centers around the fact that advertisements purchased on behalf of Mitch Stallard use the same photographs Miller’s campaign used in her advertisements.

"It went too far over the line to ignore," Hellon said. "I don't know if it's ignorance, or being nieve, or what. I understand what the rules are. From the outside looking in, a reasonable person can see that they probably coordinated efforts."

Deb Weisel, owner of Tagline, said there’s a good explanation, and it’s that she pulled the photographs of Miller from a website.

“There’s no conflict of interest here,” Weisel said. “They aren’t valid complaints. We haven’t worked with Ally since May.”

Miller’s pre-primary financial reports validate Weisel’s statement, there is no expenditure in the final report showing any kind of payment to Tagline.

Weisel said she was advised by an attorney to severe ties with candidates when she started working with independent companies. Besides Miller, Weisel said letters were sent to other supervisor candidates such as Sean Collins and Tanner Bell, stating they would no longer be working together.

Nonetheless, McDaniel said because content and photographs used by Miller's campaign were in the advertisements funded by Stallard, the law was broken.

"In my reading of the statutes, even though they severed ties, the copy and photos used in the ads were the same," McDaniel said. "I wish Ally the best and offered to help in any way I can, but you still have to be held accountable."

In the end, Weisel said she doesn’t believe the complaints will amount to anything.

The complaints have been forwarded to the state for further review.

Hellon said it's now between Miller and the State Elections office.

Miller did not return The Explorer's call for comment.

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3 comments:

  • JerryR posted at 5:36 am on Sat, Jul 13, 2013.

    JerryR Posts: 10

    Ally Miller was just cleared of the campaing violations charges. Hellon and McDaniel are dispicable for making these false allegations against a fellow Republican. These guys have proved themselves to be bitter losers and should just "go away" as we don't need these type of people in politics.

     
  • BrianClymer posted at 11:09 pm on Tue, Sep 4, 2012.

    BrianClymer Posts: 7

    Suan, I don't think these complaints can be so easily dismissed. Deb Wiesel did work with Ally Miller. She likely had access to Miller's campaign strategy, so even if Wiesel later cut ties with Miller, Wiesel still would have had insight and knowledge about Miller's campaign. That would be helpful in knowing where to spend the money for the "independent expenditure" campaign which was funded by a developer. Also she used the same pictures. That shows a connection. The fact that Ally Miller refused to respond to Thelma Grimes' request for comment fits a pattern. Ally Miller refuses to acknowledge people who question her. She refuses to speak with Jim Nintzel after he exposed her charge that $430 million was missing from the County Transportation Dept as baseless. She refused to fill out the candidate questionnaire the Explorer had for the Dist. 1 Board of Supervisor candidates. Now she refuses to return Thelma Grimes' request for comment on the complaints against her of campaign finance irregularities. Ally Miller is arrogant, and we certainly don't need an arrogant politician funded by developers on the Board of Supervisors.

     
  • suan posted at 12:51 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    suan Posts: 3

    Well, I am sure glad those two gentleman did't win, they appear to be pretty STUPID. This Deb Wisel , appears to be a great deal sharper than the two gentlemen. Perhaps they didn't bother to do any research, Sounds like Ms Wisel checked with her attorney, according to the article and advised the candidates she was working with, that she had to discontinue working with them. Ms Wisel need to go after these TWO KEYSTONE COPS FOR TRYING TO RUIN HER REPUTATION and further business.

     

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