Friday, August 1, 2014

AD WATCH: Union Groups, Tohono O'odham Nation Make $70,000 Ad Buy Supporting Ruben Gallego In CD7 Primary Race (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Various union groups and the Tohono O'odham nation are primary funders of a new TV ad supporting former state Rep. Ruben Gallego in his battle for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 7.

Revitalize Arizona filed its Independent Expenditure report with the Federal Election Commission this week, but no FCC filing appears to yet be available.  (It could simply be running only on cable TV, but the size of the expenditure makes that unlikely.)  According to the IE report, the ad will be titled "Health Care".

Revitalize Arizona received the money from the group Residents for Accountability.  In its May report with the Arizona Secretary of State, Residents for Accountability indicates that it received $73,500 from three union groups (Arizona Pipe Trades 469, UFCW 99, and AZ Labor Management) and $30,000 from the Tohono O'odham Nation. (Revitalize Arizona has been the only beneficiary to date, and both RA and RfA are run by the same Tempe-based political consulting and law firm.)

Gallego and former Maricopa Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox are the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Rep. Ed Pastor; the successful nominee will be the overwhelming favorite in the general election.

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