Contribution Confusion

Visitors to the P.R.I.Z.E. website asked us to clarify the actual amount of money given by Walmart to the Friends of Cave Creek (PAC). The amount stated appeared to be somewhere between $11,497.50 and $45,990.00. Below are the documents, confusing to interpret, that were filed with the town by Friends of Cave Creek (PAC) disclosing Walmart’s contributions.

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Defining a Contribution:

There are two ways to contribute money to a political action committee (PAC) in Arizona. One being in the form of a “contribution,” the other being as an “in-kind” contribution. The statutory definition of these two ways are contained in ARS 16-901(5) and ARS 16-901(15).

ARS 16-901(5) Defines A “Contribution” As: 

5. “Contribution” means any gift, subscription, loan, advance or deposit of money or anything of value made for the purpose of influencing an election including supporting or opposing the recall of a public officer or supporting or opposing the circulation of a petition for a ballot measure, question or proposition or the recall of a public officer…”

ARS 16-901(15) Defines An “In-Kind Contribution” As: 

15. “In-kind contribution” means a contribution of goods or services or anything of value and not a monetary contribution.


Communication from Friends of Cave Creek (PAC):

P.R.I.Z.E. has received clarification from Todd Newman, Treasurer, Friends of Cave Creek (PAC) regarding the total amount of contributions made by Walmart:

“…Because there are two ballot measures involved (400 and 401), we were advised by the Town Clerk that we needed to form and register two committees. The committees are working together on these related measures and are splitting expenses. Wal-Mart has contributed a total of $22,995.00 to the two committees, $11,497.50 to each, in the form of payments made directly to vendors who have provided services or supplies to the committees. At this time, the two committees have not received any cash contributions from Wal-Mart. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.”          

Todd Newman
Friends of Cave Creek, Treasurer
Cave Creek Coffee & Wine, LLC
Managing Partner
P.O. Box 4650
Cave Creek, AZ 85327
(480) 203-6992