Kochbusters Day of Action


    “Koch-busters National Day of Action
    Community Members Protest Koch Money Going to Political Candidates and the UA Freedom Center

    This Halloween, we’re less worried about ghosts and more concerned about the Kochs. That’s why members of Kochs Off Campus! are joining Unkoch My Campus, Outlaw Dirty Money, and other groups across the country in a National Day of Action against the corrupting influence of dark money from the Koch donor network in higher education and on legislators, governors and judges.

    WHAT AND WHERE: Tucson Koch-busters will hold large, informative signs on the sidewalk at four different locations in Tucson, to protest candidates and a university center that receive Koch money:

    -Martha McSally (candidate for U.S. Senate), 4400 E. Broadway.
    McSally’s campaign has received $10,200 from the Kochs.

    -Lea Marquez Peterson (candidate for U.S. Congress), 802 E. Speedway.
    Marquez Peterson has received $10,000 from the Kochs.

    -Doug Ducey (incumbent candidate for Governor of Arizona), 400 W. Congress.
    Ducey has received millions of dollars from the Kochs.

    -Center for the Philosophy of Freedom (University of Arizona), intersection of Campbell and Speedway.

    The “Freedom Center” has received $1,345,500 from the Kochs since 2008.

    WHO: Kochs Off Campus! is a nonpartisan group of UA faculty, students, and Tucson residents united to remove the influence of the Koch donor network from the University of Arizona—and, ultimately, Arizona. Outlaw Dirty Money is an Arizona grassroots, nonpartisan, volunteer group of concerned citizens who collected over 285,000 signatures to put an initiative on the ballot this November to outlaw secret political contributions from donors like Charles Koch and the donor network he orchestrates.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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