September 16, 2020 Press Releases

Release: 11 Ducey Staffers And Major Donors Among Group Of IRC Applicants

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Contact: Matt Grodsky, mgrodsky@azdem.org

Release: 11 Ducey Staffers And Major Donors Among Group Of IRC Applicants

7 applicants have given a combined $90,730 to Ducey campaigns and PACs

PHOENIX – 138 Arizonans applied last month to serve on the next Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). Tomorrow the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will meet to begin the process of selecting the 25 finalists who will be eligible for appointment to the IRC next year.

Among the 138 applicants are four who have been contracted or employed by the Governor’s office or one of his campaigns, and an additional seven have contributed a combined total of $90,730 to the Governor’s campaigns and affiliated political action committees since 2010.

Donors to Ducey’s campaigns and his affiliated PACs include:

  • David Van Denburgh: $10,100 to Ducey for Governor 2018, $11,000 Arizona Leadership Fund, $10,000 Arizonans for Strong Leadership, $4,000 Ducey for Governor 2014
  • David Lane: $20,100 to Ducey Victory Fund PAC, $5,100 Ducey for Governor 2018, $1,500 to Yes on Prop 123
  • Lisa Davis: $5,100 to Ducey for Governor 2018, $4,000 Ducey for Governor 2014, $840 Ducey for Treasurer 2010
  • Erika Shupak Neuberg: $2,700 to Ducey for Governor 2018, $2,700 Ducey Victory Fund PAC, $1,000 Ducey for Governor 2014
  • Douglas York: $1,250 to Ducey Victory Fund PAC, $4,000 Ducey for Governor 2014, $840 Ducey for Treasurer 2010
  • Kevin Kopp: $2,000 to Ducey for Governor 2018, $2,000 Ducey Victory Fund PAC, $1,000 Arizonans for Strong Leadership, $500 Ducey for Governor 2014
  • Randall Pullen: $1,000 Ducey for Governor 2018

The current and former staff members are:

  • Alec Thomson, current Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Governor’s office
  • Thomas Loquvam, whose law firm was paid over $5,500 by Ducey PACs in 2019
  • Megan Gould Maestas, former Ducey campaign scheduler
  • Trevor Abarzua, former Director of Operations and Logistics for the Governor’s office

Arizona Democratic Party spokesman Matt Grodsky released the following statement: 

“Arizonans created the IRC because they wanted our congressional and legislative maps to be drawn by voters, not politicians. We urge the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments to look closely at all applicants, and give Arizona voters the chance to hear directly from them through a public interview process.”

*A previous version of this release stated the CACA was meeting today, they will meet tomorrow 09/17/2020