Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SCAM WATCH: Anti-McCain Emails From Conservative Fundraising Mill About To Hit Inboxes

A suspected conservative fundraising mill "spent" $15,000 today to convince people around the country to oppose Arizona Senator John McCain... by giving them money... to spam more people....

The "Restore American Liberty and Freedom" committee filed a 24-hour notice with the Federal Election Commission today, indicating that it had spent $14,970 to acquire email list(s) to oppose McCain. The RAFL has been fundraising off of the McCain primary battle with Kelli Ward already, although this is the first time that they have filed an independent expenditure report.

RAFL indicates that it has received $280,930 in contributions between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. It has passed on only $2,560 to four different candidate committees. The largest of those was in April, when it passed on a whopping $1,435 to Ward's campaign.

Nearly all of the $225,000 RAFL has spent has gone to Amagi Strategies for its "Consulting Services," "Fundraising", or "Management".  Amagi appears to be a business run by 27-year old Tyler Whitney, and has repeatedly been called out for its track record.

So, keep an eye on your inbox and a hand on your credit cards. And, if you should receive one of the questionable "fundraising" emails from RAFL (or, anyone else), forward it on to Arizona's Politics at "info@ArizonasPolitics.com" before you hit *delete*.

We welcome your comments about this post. Or, if you have something unrelated on your mind, please e-mail to info-at-arizonaspolitics-dot-com or call 602-799-7025. Thanks.

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