FOLLOWING MONEY IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WATCH: U.S./Arizona Chambers Bring Back Gonzo To Deliver Game-Winning Base Hit For McCain (i.e. $200K Ad Blitz) (#50ShadesOfDarkMoney)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is bringing back its ad with Diamondbacks' legend Luis Gonzalez for a $200,000 last minute ad barrage supporting Senator John McCain (R-AZ). 

The original dark money operation has now spent $1.2M bolstering McCain in the past 13 months, dating back to last August when it pushed back against now-GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments mocking McCain's POW status.  McCain's primary battle is this coming Tuesday (August 30).

As noted when it first started airing in June, the Gonzalez ad appears to be a joint effort between the U.S. and Arizona Chambers of Commerce. The questions raised by Arizona's Politics (and, to a lesser extent, the Arizona Republic) remain the same as in June, when the Chambers spent $574,000 of someone's (or, several someones') money on the ad.

We are thus re-publishing our News Analysis titled "Gonzo, Diamondbacks Take Lead Off 1st - May've Already Taken 2nd - In Dark Money Fantasy Game".

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the original dark money political spender of any note, and the Arizona Chamber has had its share of dark money adventures. Both rank as "50's" in the #50ShadesOfDarkMoney scale - the darkest of dark.



Here's the transcript:
After 9-11, we were a part of the healing process. To see our Senator in
the stands there and show the people that we are strong,
that's a sense of pride that we all have as Americans.
I trust John McCain with our national and economic Security.
He is a fighter, and that's the type of person you want to lead. The kids now,
these are our future leaders.
We have to try to create those job opportunities for them and that's what
he's fighting to do and it's nice to know that we have someone like that
representing the state of Arizona. The US Chamber is responsible for the contentof this advertising.



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