...doesn't help with the whole credibility thing, though.
I was perusing the website of the AZ Secretary of State, checking to see which candidates have started committees for next year (LD9's Republicans are going to have cattle call primaries for its legislative seats to deal with next year, and Barry Wong, a 2008 Rep nominee for Corporation Commission, is running for ACC again) when I came across a couple of interesting committees.
They're found under the "all other" category.
Filer ID 201000188, Citizens for Dean Martin for Governor, a $500 threshold committee.
Filer ID 201000186, Citizens Advocating Pragmatism, a $500 threshold committee.
Filer ID 201000193, Recall Garielle [sic] Giffords, a $500 threshold committee.
What does each of those committees have in common?
No listing of Chair or Treasurer.
However, their anonymity isn't complete - the Dean Martin committee lists a contact email of firstname.lastname@example.org and the Pragmatism committee lists email@example.com.
The Recall Giffords committee, while they are rather poor spellers, do a better job at anonymity - their email addy is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's be clear - no listing of chair and treasurer on the SOS's website isn't necessarily illegal, as some of the other committees are similarly shown on the website.
It is interesting, however, since two of the committees were formed to directly support or oppose specific candidates.
Part of politics is standing up and being heard.
Anonymity *is* legal (even protected, under the First Amendment to the Constitution), but it isn't something that enhances the anonymous one's credibility.
Anyway, time to join Harry Mitchell's telephone town hall...