Matt Heinz, candidate for the US House of Representatives CD2 seat, wrote an op-ed in the Sierra Vista Herald criticizing Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) for errors in her campaign finance reporting and her voting for Wall Street interests. Here is some of what he had to say.
As explained in the Sierra Vista Herald’s editorial (Keeping the Records Straight, 8/28/15), Congresswoman Martha McSally has raised millions of dollars but refuses to make information about her donors available as required by law. She’s received a whopping 14 letters from the Federal Elections Commission seeking basic information like the occupations and employers of her donors, but she’s still not talking.
McSally’s high-handed disdain for the rules is so out of whack that no one else in Arizona’s Congressional delegation even comes close to having those types of violations. And she has added insult to injury by issuing her defense in what is clearly a political campaign matter through her taxpayer-funded Congressional staff.
The Wall Street Journal reports that even though she has been a member of Congress for just eight months, the Congresswoman has raked in more money from the financial services industry than all but two House members in competitive districts. One of the biggest sectors of the financial industry is made up of predatory lenders, the outfits that target vulnerable, low-income families with high interest loans—the same moneylenders that Arizonans overwhelmingly voted to kick out of the state in 2010.
Within three months of being sworn into office, Martha McSally voted to allow predatory lenders to target military families (in an amendment to HR 1735). Across the nation, you can see them clustered near the entrances to military bases like Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. And Martha McSally wants them to stay.
MCSally should come clean and do the disclosures requested by the FEC. She cannot cleanse her voting record but perhaps she might have a change of heart about payday lenders. And the unicorns are still out and about this morning.