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They 'built the wall' on border, but problems persist after founder's guilty plea

Controversy continues to surround the two physical legacies of former area resident Brian Kolfage’s We Build the Wall effort: the bollard fence on the shore of the Rio Grande and a half-mile stretch of fence outside of El Paso that remain at risk of falling.... Read more»

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Wounded vet with Tucson ties pleads guilty in 'private border wall' scheme

Brian Kolfage, a former Tucsonan and wounded Air Force veteran who led a failed effort to raise millions of dollars to build a privately funded wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Thursday. ... Read more»

Arizona Democrats, Republicans view precinct committeemen in very different lights

Once people realized an Arizona bill the legislature unanimously approved eliminated elections for precinct committeemen, activists began hounding Republican lawmakers to reverse course - on the other side of the aisle, Democratic lawmakers say they’ve heard few, if any, complaints.... Read more»

Jan. 6 congressional panel subpoenas bogus pro-Trump electors from Arizona, 6 other states

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed on Friday 14 people from seven states who participated as fake electors following the 2020 presidential election. ... Read more»

How Steve Bannon has exploited Google ads to monetize extremism

Almost a year ago, Google took a major step to ensure that its online ad network didn’t put money in the pocket of Steve Bannon, the indicted former adviser to Donald Trump - but Bannon found a loophole in Google’s policies that let him keep earning ad money on his site.... Read more»

Texas raised $54M in private donations for its border wall plan — almost all from one billionaire

Timothy Mellon - a member of one of America’s richest family dynasties who has previously bankrolled attempts to defend controversial immigration laws - is responsible for nearly all the donations to Gov. Greg Abbott’s $54 million border wall fund.... Read more»

Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas Trump chief of staff and other top aides

The U.S. House of Representatives select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 issued subpoenas on Thursday to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and three other allies of former President Donald Trump.... Read more»

Finchem-led nonprofit among groups billed $400K for Az election ‘audit’ security

Newly released documents show that the Arizona “audit” has spent more than $400,000 to hire off-duty police officers to provide security for the ballot review that concluded last month at the state fairgrounds. ... Read more»

Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

When former Trump adviser and far-right nationalist Steve Bannon issued his “call to action,” people who had never shown interest in party politics began a nationwide groundswell of party activism whose central goal is not merely to win elections but to reshape the machinery.... Read more»

FactCheck: Researcher distorts facts on COVID-19 vaccine approval, liability

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was fully approved by the FDA, though an emergency use authorization also remains in place, but Dr. Robert Malone misleadingly said Americans are being offered the shot only under the latter and that it carried different liability ramifications.... Read more»

Group connected to Sidney Powell says it's raising money for Arizona 'audit'

A new group linked to conspiracy theorist and former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell, who vowed to “release the Kraken” in a series of lawsuits that alleged massive and coordinated fraud in the election, says it is raising money to fund the Arizona Senate’s so-called election 'audit'.... Read more»

Finchem’s newest 'election fraud' conspiracy claim: Maricopa supervisors 'destroyed evidence'

Rep. Mark Finchem, an Oro Valley Republican who has built a national following by falsely insisting there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election in Arizona is now pushing a new evidence-free conspiracy theory: A planned audit by the Arizona Senate might turn up nothing because Maricopa County officials “destroyed evidence” when they conducted two audits of the election last month.... Read more»

Brian Kolfage: Veteran, war hero, border hawk, defendant, troll

A ban from Facebook has apparently done little to slow ex-Tucsonan Brian Kolfage, charged last month for defrauding thousands in a “build the wall” effort, and who regularly uses personal attacks and misinformation to sic his online following on perceived detractors.... Read more»2

New engineering report finds privately built border wall will fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive erosion just months after it was built.... Read more»

Bannon associates plead not guilty to border wall charity scam

Pleading not guilty Monday at a virtual arraignment, three leaders of the embattled charity We Build the Wall followed the lead of fellow defendant Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist.... Read more»

'OGs' for Trump with Tucson ties indicted for 'private border wall' fraud

Former Tucsonan Brian Kolfage and ex-White House advisor Stephen Bannon of "We Build the Wall," a group that raised millions to build private walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, were indicted for fraud, allegedly using donations to line their own pockets.... Read more»

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