U.S. CONGRESS 2016
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6
“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS”
I thoroughly enjoyed the BLUE TUESDAY LUNCHEON FORUM held this past
Tuesday at the Starfire Golf Club in North Scottsdale.
Joan Sheff, a long-time friend, had invited me after she had read my
recent campaign update, BLACK STUDENT SAFETY AND DIGNITY A TOP PRIORITY.
Joan and my mom, Alice Williamson, have known each other since the late
60’s. This is partially because my brother and one of her sons were close
friends when they went to Saguaro High School. In addition to that,
however, Joan and Mom have known each other through activities in the
Democratic Party going back to the 70’s as well.
Terry Goddard’s speech on “Dark Money” was, to say the least,
illuminating. His main point, as I got it, was that voters need to be able
to know specifically where the money is coming from that funds campaign
activities. The ruling, however, from the U.S. Supreme Court on Citizens
United five years ago does not require that. Terry pointed out that
Justice Kennedy made a naive error in supporting the idea that it’s okay
for donors not to disclose who they are.
Terry, who was Arizona Attorney General for 8 years from 2003-2011,
further made it known that he is working on a proposition to be placed
before the voters in the next election that would require, as I
understand, such disclosure to take place. This transparency would allow
voters to hold donors accountable for such things as biased unfactual
campaign ads that mislead voters, malign candidates, and even create an
election climate in which voters choose not to go to the polls at all.
He spoke about how dark money was used against Republican gubernatorial
candidates Scott Smith and Christine Jones in the Republican primary in
I appreciated the opportunity Linda Ambrose, the emcee of the event, gave
me to say a few words about my campaign.
I was fortunate enough to garner one financial contribution and touch base
with valued friends I had not seen for a while as well as make new ones.
I’m going to attend the LD 23 Holiday Potluck on Friday, Dec. 4, to take
place at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center near 100th and Shea in the
evening. I’m looking forward to that so I’ll be able to meet more of the
indefatigable Democrats in the District 6 area.
Remember, check out my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Feel
free to click on “Make A Donation” and support my campaign on a financial
basis. Terry Goddard made a point of reading a statement by U.S. Justice
Antonin Scalia in which he says that people should not have any problem
with disclosing their names when they make a financial contribution to a
political campaign. Justice Scalia said America is the “home of the
brave,” and that therefore contributors who want to keep their names
secret are not operating in the American tradition.
In the meanwhile, I fervently hope that you have a great Thanksgiving.
W. John Williamson