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Redistricting, vacancies boost fundraising in Arizona House races

Arizona congressional challengers have been emboldened by an open seat, an unpopular president and a newly drawn district map – and they have the money to show for it, setting up what "could potentially be a very anti-incumbent election year."... Read more»

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A top Ducey aide raised nearly $13k from lobbyists whose cash he promised to shun

Matt Gress, budget director for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, received 24 separate contributions from lobbyists totaling nearly $13,000 - after promising not to accept any contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session.... Read more»1

Election lies boost the bottom lines of prominent Arizona Republican candidates

A handful of Arizona Republican candidates who have built national profiles by embracing former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election found their campaigns getting a big financial boost from voters outside Arizona.... Read more»

Arizona Rep. Schweikert agrees to $125,000 fine from FEC for campaign violations

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, has agreed to pay $125,000 to the Federal Election Commission for misuse of campaign funds, including charges that funds went to personal use of campaign staffers. ... Read more»

Lieberman, Lopez announce million-dollar fundraising hauls in Dem primary for Arizona governor

Gubernatorial hopefuls Aaron Lieberman and Marco Lopez announced strong fundraising numbers as they head into an election year in which both hope to pull off upsets against frontrunner Katie Hobbs in the Democratic primary.... Read more»

Arizona's Stephen Richer creates PAC to back 'pro-democracy' Republicans

Republican candidates who reject the false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged may have some extra financial support in the next one - courtesy of a new political action committee - created by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.... Read more»

Incumbents have the edge, but redistricting scrambles Arizona House race outlooks

Arizona’s congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads – but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has “put us all in a state of limbo” for the 2022 House races. ... Read more»

With Arizona Senate seat again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that’s still no guarantee in a campaign where both parties are fighting to take control of an evenly divided Senate. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Republican spin on Democrats' voting bill

In the days leading up to the Senate vote on the House-passed elections bill, Republicans offered several misleading talking points about the Democratic bill, and made other statements that required more context.... Read more»

Finchem broke the law by not disclosing payment from Trump, complaint alleges

The Campaign for Accountability is asking AZ Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to investigate whether Oro Valley Republican legislator Mark Finchem violated Arizona law by not disclosing the existence of a business entity that received more than $6,000 from President Donald Trump for his efforts to help overturn Arizona’s election results. Arizona law dictates that an elected official disclose any source of income greater than $1,000 and all business entities the official is involved with.... Read more»

High-stakes 2020 races shatter Arizona campaign spending records

Arizonans were heavily invested in this fall’s elections, donating more than $110 million to support candidates and high-profile ballot initiatives. That's up from $60 million four years ago.... Read more»

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Yearbook photo of man in 'Hitler' Halloween costume isn't Mark Kelly

Drawing on a report from a conservative news site, several social media posts claim — without evidence —that Senate candidate Mark Kelly was photographed in an Adolf Hitler costume at a 1985 Halloween party at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.... Read more»

FEC filings show Arizonans favor Trump, Sanders with campaign dollars

Arizona’s presidential preference primary is still almost a month away, but voters are already making their preferences known with their wallets.... Read more»

Arizona one of seven state legislatures Democrats target for takeover

Arizona was identified as one of seven states where Democrats plan to “fight like hell” to turn the state government from red to blue in 2020.... Read more»

McSally, Kelly raise $13.9 million for anticipated 2020 Senate race

If there was any question that Arizona’s 2020 Senate race would be one of the nation’s hottest, it was answered this week with an emphatic “yes” when second-quarter Federal Election Commission reports were released.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers Grijalva, Schweikert focus of House ethics probes

Rep. Raul Grijalva said he expects “full vindication” after the House Ethics Committee’s request for documents involving four-year-old allegations of a hostile workplace in his congressional office.... Read more»

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