P.R.I.Z.E. Commentary

NOTE TO READERS: At the time of this writing, it appears that Friends of Cave Creek (PAC) filed required papers declaring Walmart contributions in excess of $10,000.00. Because of the confusion over the amount of Walmart’s contribution, and because it is the legal duty of the Friends of Cave Creek to file accurate paperwork, P.R.I.Z.E. contacted Todd Newman, its treasurer, and asked him to clarify the confusion surrounding the amount of the contributions stated in their submitted paperwork. When P.R.I.Z.E. receives their response, it will appear on this website.

Clarification of Walmart’s contribution is also necessary due to news reports surrounding Walmart’s $325,000.00 contribution to the PAC “Friends of Prescott Valley,” and the failure to disclose the contribution, as legally required.

And, now...

There are those, I am sure, who expected P.R.I.Z.E. to find the news of Walmart’s sizeable contribution to the political action committee Friends of Cave Creek to be disturbing. But, P.R.I.Z.E. did not find it so. Neither did P.R.I.Z.E. find it disturbing when it learned of Walmart’s $40,000.00 contribution to the Cave Creek Film Fest.

It is interesting to note that, while admitting most of the shoppers that are needed for a profitable Cave Creek Walmart exist outside the town limits of Cave Creek, Walmart appears only to be making contributions which are actively supported by the mayor and town council of Cave Creek.

What P.R.I.Z.E. does find disturbing is that the collective group think which thus far has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in declared contributions from Walmart, is the same collective group think that, only a few months ago, was malicious, vicious and outspoken in their condemnation of Adam Trenk for (i) the size of his campaign chest, (ii) for his accepting of campaign contributions from non-local donors, and (iii) for his not using a Cave Creek business for the printing of his campaign material. Fast forward a few months to the present and witness this same malicious, vicious and condemning collective group think committing the very crimes they accused Adam Trenk of committing, i.e., acquiring a huge campaign chest, accepting contributions from a non-local donor, and not using a Cave Creek business for the printing of their campaign signs and other materials. According to the financial disclosure papers submitted by Friends of Cave Creek, NO Cave Creek business is being used in their “Yes On Walmart” campaign. Friends of Cave Creek is relying on the use of out-of-town businesses to defeat the propositions–businesses which are repeatedly used by Walmart to control campaigns as it attempts to infiltrate into a town.

Mr. Mayor and Town Council Members: How can Walmart be good for Cave Creek when it does not support the businesses or citizens of Cave Creek?

The evidence is clear that, at the same time this collective group think was declaring Walmart as a local Cave Creek issue and intentionally spreading lies that P.R.I.Z.E. was accepting out-of-town union money, it was ceding its control to Walmart and secretly accepting Walmart’s money.

The lying, arrogance, hypocrisy and secretive behavior of this collective group think is the very reason P.R.I.Z.E. exists. And, the very reason Cave Creek is at a dangerous crossroads.

The knowledge of Walmart’s contribution to the Friends of Cave Creek was obtained through the efforts of Cave Creek citizens, not as a result of reading about it in the town paper, which should be the source for all news that affects Creekers. However, for reasons known only to this collective group think, Walmart’s contribution was not publicized in the town paper, nor was it revealed in any other public venue to the Cave Creek voters at large–despite the groups obvious financial ability to reveal this contribution information to the citizens of Cave Creek.

P.R.I.Z.E. believes that every Cave Creek citizen should know about Walmart’s contributions and obtain full knowledge of the collective group think’s relationship with Walmart because tens of thousands of dollars is a hefty contribution by a corporation that is seeking to infiltrate into the town, especially when that donor’s sole purpose is corporate profit. P.R.I.Z.E., on the other hand, is supported by local donors whose sole purpose is the preservation of our Creeker lifestyle.

The information voters need to make an informed decision on election day does not cost tens of thousands of dollars. Yet, the price for making an uninformed decision on election day is a price that will permeate this town beyond the walls of a Walmart.

The P.R.I.Z.E. website contains information which enables citizens to enter into intelligent discussions on topics that the mayor and town council members do not want publicly discussed. In the coming weeks observe how the collective group think spends their Walmart contribution to “win” the election. To date, the town paper has given them free publicity. Will Walmart’s contributions be reflected in the form of political signs which prohibit discussion? Telephone surveys conducted by persons who neither live nor work in Cave Creek and which also prohibit discussion? Or, by invitation only Q&A forums where no opposing viewpoints are invited or allowed?

P.R.I.Z.E. has scheduled its second Q&A Forum for Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Desert Foothills Library, between 2 and 4 p.m. All citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. The mayor, town council members, and Terry Smith and Todd Newman of Friends of Cave Creek have also been invited to participate.

Cave Creek is for sale. Walmart wants to own it, and the collective group think is brokering the deal. They have been given the money and it is happening. Are you going to sell–at any price?