Monday, April 16, 2018

BREAKING: Arpaio's 10-week Haul Of $503,191 Means 3-Way GOP Primary Will Be Expensive, Expansive; “We’re off to a great start!"

Though there was little doubt about former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's prodigious fundraising capabilities, his first federal campaign finance filing confirms that the 3-way GOP primary election race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will be expensive and expansive.

Published below are the summary pages for Arpaio's report, indicating that he brought in $503,191 in the first 10 weeks after he announced that he would challenge Kelli Ward and Rep. Martha McSally for the nomination. $400,000 of that came in small contributions (<$200) that did not need to be itemized. He had $254,938 in the bank at the beginning of this month.

Arpaio told reporters (in a news release) that “we’re off to a great start. I’m tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support for this campaign."

To put that amount into perspective, McSally transferred nearly $1M from her House campaign committee coffers to her committee to run for the Senate, and Ward - who has been campaigning for this office since the 2016 election - had $350,000 cash on hand on January 1 of this year.

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