Phoenix, AZ — On Friday, October 19th, Kyrsten Sinema For Congress filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission citing a push poll commissioned by Vernon Parker which violates the FEC’s communications rules.
On October 15th, Parker’s consultant, the Summit Group, ran a push poll which fed voters information on Sinema, but did not identify itself as a paid expenditure of Parker’s campaign. The poll call displayed a fake “555″-prefix phone number on the recipients’ caller IDs. The next day, Parker’s campaign touted the poll as evidence that Parker held a marginal lead in the CD9 race. Parker’s campaign never released the specifics of the poll and has not admitted that they intentionally hid their campaign as the source of this poll.
“This is just another in the long list of dirty political ploys that Parker and his associates regularly engage in,” said Rodd McLeod, campaign manger. “Federal investigators found that Parker submitted false information to win million-dollar federal contract–which was later revoked. And Parker is linked to the scandal-plagued Nathan Sproul, who was recently fired by the RNC for fraud allegations. Now it’s a secretive push poll with a fake call-back number. Vernon Parker and his shady consultants need to follow the law, just like everyone else.”