When Arizona's Politics spoke with BLA co-founder and treasurer Virginia Simpson yesterday afternoon, BLA had only filed an $80,000 ad expenditure. Though she indicated that she was raising more money to support Jones, she avoided noting the $775,000 "trigger") report she was about to file. That report is published below.
That was filed last night, and this morning, the Ducey campaign began fundraising off of it. Under the email subject line "$750,000 in negative attack ads coming against our campaign", the Ducey camp pleaded with its donors who have already given $1,000 (many) to "max out" and give a second $1,000. With a "$250,000 short term infusion", they will refute the ads. The text of the email is published below.
The current ad (ice cream) sandwiches attacks used against Ducey in his (successful) 2010 campaign for Treasurer with statements about Ducey using "front groups" and "dark money".
Simpson attempted to assure Arizona's Politics that all of BLA's money is (1) locally raised, (2) is not from the Quayle family, and (3) will be fully disclosed in the next required campaign finance report. She declined to share the information early, even just to confirm claims (1) and (2).
Simpson served on the Paradise Valley Town Council for a number of years until 2010, but has not been a political consultant or player since then; some might say that that has now changed.
Ducey campaign email (rec'd 8:15am, 7/9/14):
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