Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Gainesville-based dark money PAC creator, longtime Alachua County Republican Executive Committee Chair. 

Campaign treasurer for County Commissioner SARAH ARNOLD, appointed by Gov. DeSANTIS and seeking election in 2022. 

Founder of Mosquitos4Justice PAC, funded with $22,000, which ran television ads with my head placed on the body of an insect, calling me the biggest liberal in St. Johns County, opposing my candidacy for the Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County in 2020.  

(Amidst COVID, I did not campaign, paid $25 for filling. fee, while receiving 18,886 votes countywide in three-way race, in which Ms. Gayle Gardner defeated longtime AMCD member Gary Howell.)

From Wikipedia: 

William Stafford Jones

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William "Stafford" Jones is a political consultant in Gainesville, Florida.[1] Jones was on the Florida state delegation for the 2020 Republican National Conventionand was a longtime the Chairman of Alachua County Republican Party.[2][3]

Jones is known for creating dozens of political action committees that have spent millions of dollars in Florida state elections.[4][5][3] In 2021, the nonpartisan watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported that two of Jones' organizations falsely reported on their tax returns that they engaged in no political activities and failed to disclose more than $1 million in political contributions.[3] Florida Democrats have complained that Jones' organizations have funded spoiler candidates[3][5] and used deceptive tactics.[6][7]

In 2012, Jones was a key figure in redrawing Florida's congressional districts that the Florida Supreme Court declared unconstitutional because they were gerrymandered with "partisan intent."[8][9] Jones helped find citizens to submit maps during the redistricting process that had been pre-drawn by Republican consultants and to provide scripted public comment based on Republican talking points.[10][11][12]

References[edit source]

  1. ^ Caplan, Andrew (2019-01-12). "Behind the scenes, Bainter pulls strings"Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  2. ^ Lyons, Dylan (2021-06-12). "The Republican National Convention will be hosted in Florida"WCJB. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  3. Jump up to: a b c d Henderson, John (2021-02-26). "Watchdog group: Nonprofits broke IRS laws, gave nearly $3 million to Republican campaigns"Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  4. ^ Henderson, John. "Watchdog group: Nonprofits broke IRS laws, gave nearly $3 million to Republican campaigns"Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2021-05-21Jones has been listed on the paperwork of more than 85 political committees registered in Florida that have come and gone, giving contributions to Republican candidates and their causes.
  5. Jump up to: a b March, William (2021-04-26). "Tampa Bay GOP congressional candidate suing local Community Patriots group"Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2021-05-21well-known Republican finance maven
  6. ^ Curry, Christopher (2012-09-15). "Legislator files elections complaint against Alachua County GOP chief"Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  7. ^ Morgan, Watkins (2014-08-16). "Robocalls using Crist's words from 2006 defended, assailed"Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  8. ^ Larrabee, Brandon (2014-11-26). "Redistricting process under scrutiny"Miami Herald. Retrieved 2021-05-21Alachua County Republican Party Chairman Stafford Jones emerges in the testimony and documents as a key figure in the process.
  9. ^ Prokop, Andrew (2015-12-05). "Florida's Supreme Court has struck another blow against gerrymandering"Vox. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  10. ^ Dixon, Matt. "Depositions show Florida GOP push for favorable Senate lines"Politico. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  11. ^ Deslatte, Aaron. "Redistricting records: GOP-led process was an 'illusion'"Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  12. ^ Klas, Mary Ellen (2015-08-20). "Documents Reveal Secret Florida Senate Process to Draw District Maps"Miami Herald. Retrieved 2021-05-21.

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