“Stop Dark Money” BOCCE PARTY – Southern Arizona Kick-Off and Fundraiser benefiting VPA Arizona

    April 16, 2015 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Dino & Beth Deconcini's residence
    2335 East Elm Street
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    $500 VIP, $250 Co-host, $100 Friend, $25 Guest


    Former AG Terry Goddard is inviting all to attend this Bocce Party/fundraiser for Voice of the People Arizona. VIP reception at 4:30 to 5 p.m. Musical guest is the Haymarket Squares performing “buy my vote.”  Residence is across from Arizona Inn. 

    More info: http://www.vpaarizona.org/bocce_party.

    The Voice of the People Association of Arizona (VPA Arizona) is an Arizona nonprofit whose goal is to amplify the voices of Arizonans in the legislative and electoral processes. VPA Arizona will work to increase citizen participation through education and engagement in citizens’ initiatives. VPA Arizona will also develop leadership and maximize public service experiences for a new generation of leaders and organizers.

    VPA Arizona was founded by Terry Goddard, former Phoenix mayor and Arizona Attorney General. Faced with the ongoing threat of “dark money” and its corruption of Arizona elections, Terry founded VPA Arizona to make the citizen initiative process more viable, as well as training a new generation of activists and organizers. The first major goal of VPA will be to stop dark money by requiring full disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures.


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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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