Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Free Enterprise Club announced today the 2016 Free Market Champion Award recipients. The Free Market Champion Award is given to members of the Legislature that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to free market, pro-growth policies in Arizona.  This year’s award includes a picture and quote from world renowned economist and true defender of economic liberty, Ludwig Von Mises.  The quote on the award reads, ““Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping toward destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.”

The two recipients of the Free Market Champion Award are:

  • Senator Judy Burges (District 22)
  • Representative Eddie Farnsworth (District 12)

The Free Enterprise Club is proud to honor these two legislators for their hard work and consistent support of economic freedom and prosperity at our state capitol,” President Scot Mussi said.  “They truly made a difference for Arizona taxpayers and businesses.




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Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Free Enterprise Club PAC today has released their first slate of legislative candidate endorsements for the general election.

The candidates who received endorsements share the key beliefs in free market economics, tax reform, school choice, regulatory reform, and fair and equitable tax policy.

Endorsed candidates include:

  • Sylvia Allen, District 6, Senate
  • Bob Thorpe, District 6, House
  • Brenda Barton, District 6, House
  • Jill Norgaard, District 18, House
  • David Cook, District 8, House
  • Todd Clodfelter, District 10, House
  • Chris DeRose, Phoenix City Council, District 3

 “The Club is honored to endorse this slate of candidates for the Arizona Legislature.  Each individual is passionate about fighting for Arizona taxpayers and we are confident they will be principled in their votes on the important issues facing the state.” Free Enterprise Club President Scot Mussi said.

Mussi continued, “We are fortunate to have incumbent, Sylvia Allen, who has proven to be a stalwart champion of the taxpayer.   Both her incumbent seatmates, Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton, have also demonstrated their commitment to sound policy coupled with a practical and hardworking attitude.”

Jill Norgaard is rerunning for her seat in District 18; and she has proven to be a formidable freshman in her last two years.  Jill is a true fiscal conservative who has had successfully championed and passed legislation that has given greater flexibility to schools as well as regulatory relief to the business community.

David Cook and Todd Clodfelter would both make strong additions to the legislature.  Mr. Cook has deep knowledge of water, natural resources, agriculture, and mining policy issues.  Mr. Clodfelter will be a passionate advocate for small businesses.  Chris DeRose will be a spending hawk for taxpayers and fight the Phoenix establishment’s insatiable appetite for taxing its residents.”

For additional information on the Club PAC’s candidate endorsements, contact Scot Mussi at or at 602-508-6088.

To see prior 2016 endorsements: Slate one, Slate two.


   In this edition of “PPicture1olicy Matters”, Club President Scot Mussi explains how Grand Canyon University sought a special reclassification of their property tax which would have increased property taxes for everyone else.

The Free Enterprise Club maintains good tax policy is broad based, as low as possible, and equitable for all tax payers.  The government should not give preferential tax treatment to select businesses; they should not pick winners and losers.

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