Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.
The security firm Tempe hired to patrol its parks has a checkered past
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - November 2, 2018
One thing that got lost in the discussion is G4S’s history of controversy and the growing trend of cities hiring private security firms to do what would normally be a job for the police.
Corp Comm candidate Sears being investigated by AG for disclosure violation
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 29, 2018
The Attorney General’s Office is investigating Kiana Sears, one of the Democratic candidates for Corporation Commission, for violating state campaign finance law. The investigation comes after Harry Young, a voter in Mayer, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office in September detailing several LLCs owned in part by Sears that were not included […]
As rents, housing costs increase, courts and agencies play catch up
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 25, 2018
The University Lakes Justice Court is frigid, and the regulars seem to know that. They’ve brought jackets along with their paperwork and are patiently waiting for their case to be called. Its Tuesday, and this morning’s docket is not your typical one. It's full of evictions.
How other countries may use our campaign finance laws against us
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 23, 2018
As Robert Mueller and others continue to investigate if there is a connection between President Donald J. Trump and Russia during the 2016 election, money continues to flow into our elections, some of which may be illegally coming from people or entities outside of the United States and is being shielded by holes in regulations that allow for anonymous spending on campaigns, according to a recent report.
‘Privacy’ for political spenders as important as government transparency, say ‘dark money’ advocates
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 17, 2018
In a wide-ranging 90-minute talk about the importance of anonymous spending in American politics, Goldwater Institute attorney Matt Miller and National Review Senior Writer David French discussed a recent wave of campaign finance disclosure laws and ordinances across the country. “Privacy for the citizen is as vital as transparency from the government,” French said during […]
Goldwater Institute hosting discussion on the virtues of anonymous money in politics
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 15, 2018
Tuesday evening at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, the Goldwater Institute will be discussing what some see as an attack on free speech: full campaign finance disclosure.
What types of PACs are contributing to Arizona candidates?
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 12, 2018
Millions in PAC money has already flowed into Arizona this cycle for a variety of causes, from alcoholic beverage distributors to nurses and orthodontists, all looking for representation in Arizona government. But all PACs are not created equal. Some have have amassed far larger war chests than others and are flexing their spending muscles this election.
Ducey reporting some PAC contributions as coming from individuals
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 9, 2018
The Arizona Mirror has been publishing an ongoing series about money spent by Political action committees in races in Arizona. But individual donations can be just as important, if not more so in some cases, than PAC money. However, Gov. Doug Ducey’s Victory Fund has complicated some of The Mirror’s analysis on that front. Ducey’s […]
Which Arizona House candidates are getting PAC money?
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 9, 2018
This is the third in an ongoing series that examines spending by political action committees. Political action committees, commonly known as PACs, are a major way for candidates to raise money for their campaigns. In statewide races, candidates raised more than $600,000 in PAC contributions, nearly half of which went to Gov. Doug Ducey. In […]