Tom Jenney speaks to the SaddleBrooke Republican Club

Tom Jenney (left) and Director of Programs Wayne Larroque

Tom Jenney (left) and Director of Programs Wayne Larroque

Neil Macdonald

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the SaddleBrooke Republican Club welcomed our guest speaker Tom Jenney. Tom is the Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity (AFP); we welcomed him with a solid round of applause as there is strong appreciation for his leadership and for the conservative role he plays within the Arizona Republican grass-roots caucuses.

Tom took us through the Arizona State Legislature’s 2015 session objectives as well as some of the failures. The main perspective Tom presented was the scoring and weighting of individual bills according to their projected dollar impact to Arizona taxpayers, consumers and producers.

Speaking directly to our audience, Tom gave plaudits to Governor Doug Ducey by praising the fiscally conservative budget the governor has presented and for his leadership role in holding the line against the growth of big government. First and foremost, AFP-Arizona strongly agrees with Governor Ducey’s noting that Arizona needs to put more money in our classrooms.

Jenney also talked about how careful AFP sponsors are in capitalizing their programs and how every program advance must become fully self-sufficient in activities, in capitalization as well as in supporting volunteers. Every program had to meet or beat its expectations. Each also has to provide the necessary volunteers to meet these criteria, established by control groups, to attain all facets of voter contact through phone banking, postcard mailers and door knocking. Their ultimate goal is to gain direct contact with voters through these identification methods and to get out the vote.

Tom Jenney has been with the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity since 2004 and its director since 2007. Prior to joining AFP Jenney was Communications Director for the Goldwater Institute.