Friday, November 2, 2012

FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS: Governor's SuperPAC Sends Out Final Mailer For Flake

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer sent out a final mailer yesterday on behalf of Rep. Jeff Flake in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Arizona.  Her eponymous SuperPAC, "Jan PAC", spent exactly $25,000.00 on a mailer, and filed the FEC report early this morning.

Unfortunately, the filing notes that she has now spent nearly $225,000 on the competitive race to replace Sen. Jon Kyl; she previously (Oct. 24) filed that she had spent $100,000 on another mailer for Flake in his battle with Democratic nominee Richard Carmona.  Either she did not file another $100,000 expenditure, or there was an error on today's filing.

The Governor has now spent $276,993.20 on mailers supporting the Republican candidates in the Arizona Senate race and the three competitive House races.  She has collected large contributions from around the country, including a $110,000 check from Copart and its owner.

Arizona's Politics reported on the Texas fundraiser that was partly funded and/or hosted by a major payday lender that maintains a chain of title loan shops and check cashing offices in Arizona (as well as Ross Perot, Jr. and a Texas lawmaker who has close ties to the payday lending industry).  Shortly after  receiving $35,000 from that fundraiser, Jan PAC sent out a $35,567.15 mailer attacking former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who has tried to nickname her GOP opponent Jonathan "Payday" Paton for his connections to the payday lending industry.

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