Alexander: Lane works for special interests

Jim Lane’s campaign treasurer — a professional political operative who’s been working for Lane for 12 years — downplays Mr. Lane’s unprecedented special-interest campaign donations. Manson claims that any political interest is a special interest.

I don’t agree with this. I doubt my fellow voters view unpaid citizen activists demanding their vote be recognized as equivalent to donors spending thousands to support Jim Lane and the projects under his review.

The latest campaign finance report from 10-27 shows the following total spending:

  • Lane: $391,520.71
  • Littlefield: $65,427.50

Mr. Lane’s outspent Mr. Littlefield 6:1.

Now include campaign reports for the other Scottsdale candidates:

  • Klapp: $217,025.52
  • Korte: $183,692.10
  • Schweiker: $72,231.75
  • Phillips: $47,463.41

Add in $72,000 donated to Mr. Lane et al by the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors, it looks like this:

  • Special interest candidates: $948,337.50
  • Resident-friendly candidates: $112,890.91

A million dollars have been spent by the candidates who want to develop, densify, and sell Scottsdale parcel-by-parcel.

Mr. Manson then rehashes Mr. Lane’s political-speak about supporting all citizen points-of-view and a public vote on the Desert Discovery Center. But the facts about Jim Lane say otherwise.

• Almost half of the board of the Desert Discovery Center are campaign donors to Lane.  Mr. Lane voted in January, May and June to fund the DDC over $2 million and keep it in the Preserve.

• Lane first mentioned a public vote on the DDC on July 21, within the 140 day blackout-period the city prefers to ensure viable legal elections.

• Mr. Lane refuses to acknowledge that Article 8, Sec 11 of the Scottsdale City Charter gives the citizens voting control over the DDC.

• Mr. Lane has banned countless citizens from his Facebook page for questioning his policies of density, zoning variances, and preferential treatment. For someone who posts so many pictures of himself hanging out in bars, his page is nearly barren of comments. The NoDDC Team has received screenshots from dozens of people showing their comments scrubbed from Lane’s page.

• Mr. Lane attempted to sue our political committee. Mr. Lane attempted to sue our web hosting company. Mr. Lane filed two separate campaign violation complaints against NoDDC, and both were completely dismissed. Mr. Manson says Lane never attacked Littlefield’s supporters, but Lane’s legal bills trying to sue NoDDC are likely more than our entire $4500 budget.

Look at the facts, look at the finances, look at Mr. Lane’s track record and his votes. Look at Bob Parsons’ expletive-laden attack on Bob Littlefield from this past Saturday while Mr. Lane stood by grinning.

These actions speak for themselves that Jim Lane works for wealthy special interests, not average citizens.

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