Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saucedo Mercer Campaign Seems To Be Going Dark, Checkbook In The Red (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The Republican effort to defeat Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) is dormant.  Gabriela Saucedo Mercer - the GOP nominee in 2012 and the most active of the non-active candidates this cycle - is nearly invisible and her campaign website, Facebook and Twitter pages are rarely updated.  In addition, according to the 1st Quarter 2014 FEC finance filing, the campaign checkbook is overdrawn.

Saucedo Mercer reports having received only $1,951 in contributions during January, February and March.  Her disbursements - which were almost entirely basic, recurring charges for infrastructure - totaled $2,880.

After her lackluster last quarter of 2013 - after which Arizona's Politics asked if the GOP had lost its appetite to try to unseat Grijalva and left Saucedo Mercer's campaign starving - her cash on hand is a negative $155.81.  (The FEC frowns on a negative number for that bottom line, and will probably be requiring further information - e.g. are the bank or the candidate lending money to the campaign?)

Saucedo Mercer's 2012 campaign had raised approximately half of its total $242,000 by March 31;  her fundraising this time around is down more than 80%.  (For further analysis, see January article about 4th quarter filing.)

(Saucedo Mercer's campaign has been asked for further information, and this article will be supplemented if and when she responds.)

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