Thursday, April 17, 2014

WOMEN! Updates On 4 Arizona Congressional Candidates' Fundraising Efforts (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

With today's announcement that EMILY's List is putting its fundraising muscle behind Mary Rose Wilcox in the #AZ07 Democratic primary to succeed Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's Politics is looking around at other female-oriented campaign efforts.

The upcoming EMILY's List announcement is not surprising, and could give the longtime Maricopa County Supervisor a big fundraising edge.  She is already the only woman in the wide open primary.  EMILY's List has fundraising muscle, and its organization has been emulated by others in both political parties.

That was on full display in the campaign finance filing by Republican Martha McSally, who is looking for a re-match with Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2).  She reported raising $127,000 from joint fundraisers.  $17,000 came from the joint fundraiser with House Speaker John Boehner and Andy Tobin.  But, $110,000 came from a Winning Women joint fundraiser (with two other Congressional candidates) at the end of March.  And, add in $7,000 in contributions from two women-focused PACs.

One month earlier, Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) held a "Western Women Win" joint fundraiser in Phoenix.  It raised $17,000, split between the two Representatives.  Kirkpatrick also received one women's PAC contribution this past period ($2,500 from the wonderfully-but-now-outdated-named Tri-State Maxed Out Women).

All of these PACs and joint fundraisers can trace their lineage back to EMILY's List, which started in 1985.

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