EP put a link to the list. Well then that's where all the trouble started!
One of the 'names' on this list was Charles Jensen. This was the actual posting:
CHARLES JENSEN,,Address Withheld,,,,SCOTTSDALE,85258,non-VIP repeat client,,,,,,7/16/2007,11/27/2007,12/13/2007,,,375,375,375,,,MILA,MILA,SHANNON,,,GALE,SARA,LINDA,,,,
Let's look closely at those dates. Mr. Jensen was out of town on all three of those days, here are his airplane tickets, and hotel receipts that prove he was out of town on those dates:
July 16, 2007
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How could Mr. Jensen have done what was 'alleged' if he was out of town? Impossible isn't it. CASE CLOSED!!!
Monday's 'Arizona Guardian' article " Escort client list shakes up political community" By Dennis Welch (yes the same Dennis Welch fired by the East Valley Tribune) that tried to make Mr. Jensen look like he was involved in, and I quote from the article, "At least two prominent Republicans quit an influential GOP organization this weekend because its leader has been linked to one of the state’s biggest prostitution stings."
Mr. Jensen spoke to Dennis Welch before the article. Mr. Jensen denied ANY wrongdoing; he told Welch about the above receipts and that he was out of town, here is what Jensen said:
“I’ve hired an attorney to fight anyone who insinuates I had anything to do with this,” Jensen said Sunday. “This is 100 percent false.”
Other media are picking up on this story. Where did they get the tip from?
According to numerous sources, all weekend this story was being spread by none other than our AZ GOP Executive Director BRETT MECUM. He sent Text Messages, Voice Mails, & E-Mails to many people around town, including many of my friends & associates.
We have also heard that Mecum told the Arizona Guardian about it, which was the first publication to write a breaking story about Charles Jensen. Then he had them run a second article yesterday about it, as if one article wasn't enough
Why is Mr. Mecum doing this? Who knows? Jealousy? REVENGE? Maybe the fact that Mecum has had his own ethical problems.
About a month ago, a young, 23 year old woman was having a 'Going Away' Party. (We will not disclose her name, she has been threatened) Guess who shows up at this party UNINVITED? Brett Mecum.
When asked how he got the woman's address, Mecum said,
"I just went on Voter Vault and got it there"!This was confirmed to us by more than one source.
For those of you not familiar with the Voter Vault system, it contains Voter file data on electronic media and paper contains voter registration files, lists or reports derived from the several counties’ General Registers. The data is the property of the Arizona Republican Party and the County Recorder of the county from which it was derived.
So what is BRETT MECUM doing using Voter Vault as a personal 'Blackbook"?
Take a look at the Voter Vault Agreement that EVERY user must sign and follow:
By pressing the I Accept button, you agree to limit your use of this voter information to political purposes only. In addition, you agree that under no circumstances will you use this information for commercial purposes
By pressing the I Accept button, you agree that you will not permit the use or copying of the voter information by any person not working under the direction of the Arizona Republican Party.
The data in the voter vault is a compilation of the several counties’ voter lists, registers and files that contains restricted data. Release or distribution of all or any part of such information is restricted and in some cases prohibited by law, subject to criminal prosecution (Class 6 Felony).
Any person using this information for any purpose except those authorized by law is subject to fine or imprisonment.
Further, any person who obtains county records for a commercial purpose without indicating the commercial purpose, or any person who uses or knowingly allows the use of this record for a commercial purpose or for a different commercial purpose than originally stated, or who obtains this data from anyone other that the Custodian of the Record and uses the information for a commercial purpose, is liable to the County for treble damages and attorney fees, in addition to penalties provided by law.
Warning: Arizona Revised Statutes §39-121.03(c) provides:A person who obtains a public record for a commercial purpose without indicating the commercial purpose or who obtains a public record for a noncommercial purpose and uses or knowingly allows the use of such public record for a commercial purpose or who obtains a public record for a commercial purpose and uses or knowingly allows the use of such public record for a different commercial purpose or who obtains a public record from anyone other than the custodian of such records and uses it for a commercial purpose shall in addition to other penalties be liable to the state or the political subdivision from which the public record was obtained for damages in the amount of three times the amount which would have been charged for the public record had the commercial purpose been stated plus costs and reasonable attorney fees or shall be liable to the state or political subdivision for the amount of three times the actual damages if it can be shown that the public record would not have been provided had the commercial purpose of actual use been stated at the time of obtaining the records.
A Class 6 Felony?
Other Republican officials have gotten into big trouble over misusing Voter Vault. http://www.fitsnews.com/2008/04/23/spartanburg-gop-chairmans-scandal-deepens/
The 'Arizona Guardian' and the other Arizona MSM who have reported falsely on this story owe Charles Jensen a HUGE Apology. So does Brett Mecum who should be fired immediately from his job as ED. He has become a total embarrassment to our Party and he needs to go now!
Charles Jensen is a Class Act. He has done much for the Republican movement here in Arizona and elsewhere. He has worked tirelessly for Republican causes, many times he has paid the expenses out of his own pocket. I have known Mr. Jensen since 2006 and I don't know a more honest and hard working young man. This smear campaign against him is WRONG, the TRUTH needs to be said.
For more excellent reads on this:
Go to: Rushing to judgment on the latest scandal By GOP Canon - The Sonoran Alliance Blog
“Sloppy Joe” List Really Isn’t That Messy for the GOP By DSW -