Friday, August 19, 2016

OOPS!: Rep. Gosar's "Establishment" Bogeymen Turn Out To Be Ag-men (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) went national last week with accusations that sudden SuperPAC opposition in his GOP primary was the "Establishment" leadership coming to "Huelskamp" him. Turns out that the six figure spend against him is a mix of Arizona and out-of-state farmers.

The Right Way SuperPAC has spent nearly $300,000 in the past 2 weeks opposing Gosar and supporting Ray Strauss. Gosar went national on the Mark Levin Radio program last Friday (below). He claimed that the leadership was after him because he is a solid member of the Freedom Caucus that has been a thorn in the establishment's side.

His claims received attention from national political news outlets during the week, including these articles in Politico and Roll Call.

Arizona's Politics asked Right Way where the funding was coming from, and received no response. We asked Rep. Gosar if he had any evidence supporting his claims, and received no response.

But Right Way decided NOT to be a dark money outfit and did disclose where its monies came from when it filed its pre-primary report yesterday.

Not an establishment contribution to be found. Instead, most of the $378,500 collected this month are from Western Growers (California, $150,000), the Groff Family Trust (tractor business in Apple Valley, CA, $100,000), and J-V Farms in Yuma ($50,000).

Interestingly, though the bulk of disclosed contributors are Western agribusiness-related, the Right Way SuperPAC has begun attacking Republican candidate Mary Florida. (Of course, contributions for those attacks may have come in after the August 10 reporting cutoff.)

Strauss is a Buckeye City Councilmember. The primary election is August 30.

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