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It is unknown who owns SPH Medical LLC or where the money it gave to help elect Lake came from.

A campaign finance complaint accusing a super PAC that spent $2.1 million boosting Kari Lake of inventing the source of its funding was quietly dismissed last year after elections officials determined that a media report questioning the money’s origin was inaccurate. Read more»

More than $433,000 of that was spent on 'telemarketing/auto dialers,' and nearly one in every three dollars Lake's campaign spent went to a Virginia-based marketing and communications firm.

Former television news anchor turned MAGA star Kari Lake raised $2,515,169 after the Arizona governor's election to continue her legal fight against her election loss - but less than 10% of her post-election haul was spent to contest the election. Read more»

A sign in favor of Proposition 211, which would require major funders of independent campaign advertising to identify themselves and their donors whose contributions exceed $5,000.

Two Arizona conservative groups are suing to block Proposition 211, dubbed the ‘Voters Right to Know Act” which targets dark money in elections, arguing that it violates the constitutional right to freedom of speech.  Read more»

FTX failed after founder Sam Bankman-Fried improperly used another business he founded, the trading house Alameda Research, to hold a large number of FTX’s tokens. 

Nearly nine months after a bipartisan group of U.S. House members sent a letter questioning the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into cryptocurrencies, the lawmakers are maintaining their position that the agency’s approach to regulating crypto is deeply flawed. Read more»

About 94% of Arizonans across the political spectrum and 93% of surveyed GOP voters said failure to concede an election is not enough to halt the official certification process.

An overwhelming majority of Arizona voters trust elections and don’t want to see baseless challenges to their outcomes - a resounding consensus that is a stark contrast to the narrative of election deniers that has come to characterize the state. Read more»

The largest outside spender in Blake Masters’ corner was Saving Arizona PAC, a committee created to back Masters and funded mostly by billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

Mark Kelly’s re-election to the U.S. Senate was the third-most expensive campaign in 2022, with almost $236 million spent in the contest - the bulk of that money coming from outside groups, who spent a combined $128 million - including some $40 million aimed at defeating Kelly. Read more»

Left: Sen. Mark Kelly speaks in front of volunteers gathered at his Tucson field office on Election Day to thank them for helping his campaign for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Right: Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters at an Oct. 6 debate for the 2022 Senate election.

Incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly jumped out to an early lead Tuesday against Trump-backed Republican challenger Blake Masters in one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country. Read more»

$31 million from the Senate Majority PAC, aligned with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, went to reelection ads for U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, who is attempting to fend off a challenge from Republican Blake Masters.

The super PAC aligned with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has spent a record amount advertising for GOP Senate candidates this cycle, about $178 million in five key U.S. Senate races. Read more»

The calls and texts keep coming despite the fact that the Federal Communications Commission considers most political robotexts illegal.

Almost 50 million political robotexts were sent to Arizona phones in September and October alone, and Arizonans also got just over a million robocalls in the same period - just part of the estimated 2.2 billion in robotexts and 53 million campaign robocalls that were sent nationwide. Read more»

This is not the first time critics of dark money have tried to pass a proposal requiring major funders of independent advertising campaigns to identify themselves and name their donors.

Proposition 211 - the “Voters Right to Know Act” - would would amend Arizona’s campaign finance law to publicize the millions in “dark money” spending on political ads by groups seeking to influence voters without having to identify themselves. Read more»

Finchem declared his membership in the Oath Keepers - an anti-government extremist group - in a 2014 candidate questionnaire.

Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state who has been open about his membership in the Oath Keepers, has received nearly $10,000 in donations from people linked to the far-right extremist group. Read more»

Most Arizona candidates for the midterm election have received the majority of their campaign cash from Arizona donors.

Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state, is the only candidate for statewide office in the midterm election who has received the majority of his campaign cash from outside the Grand Canyon State. Read more»

Sen. Mark Kelly, left, has raised more than $75 million for his re-election bid, the second-highest Senate war chest in the country. While the Democrat’s fundraising swamped the $9.9 million raised by GOP challenger Blake Masters, outside groups have spent almost $50 million to oppose Kelly.

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly continued to widen his fundraising lead over GOP challenger Blake Masters, who still trailed the incumbent despite heavy spending on Masters’ behalf by outside conservative groups. Read more»

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at the University of Arizona during a college education roundtable on Aug. 12, 2022.

The Republican Party of Arizona is begging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to put his weight and his leadership committee’s wallet behind U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters - something McConnell has not, so far, publicly done. Read more»

A ballot initiative to reform elections and campaign finance laws was barred from the November ballot on Friday afternoon by the Arizona Supreme Court after a week of legal activity that saw the measure’s fate reversed. Read more»

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