Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GOTTA HAVE IT: Mega-Fundraising Day For DuVal, McSally, Rogers, Flake(?!?) (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

While just about everyone's heard about former President Bill Clinton dropping into Scottsdale today to raise some cash for Democratic nominee for Governor Fred DuVal, there are a couple of other noteworthy fundraisers also going on back in the nation's capital.

GOP Congressional challengers Martha McSally (CD2) and Wendy Rogers (CD9) are getting the all-star joint fundraising committee power from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Speaker John Boehner and others today.  The mega-fundraiser by the RISE Project ("Republicans Inspiring Success and Empowerment") is expected to raise about $500,000 to be split among 10 female House candidates.

And, in the heat of the very competitive GOP primary for Governor, an interesting fundraiser was quietly scheduled for today.  Cold Stone Creamery, the company that GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Ducey formerly owned, decided to hold a fundraiser for one of Arizona's U.S. Senators, Jeff Flake... for his 2018 re-election.

Flake was widely believed to be in Ducey's camp, even allowing his name to be added as a host for a fundraiser early on; however, when it came time for endorsements, Flake and colleague John McCain decided not to publicly support one over the other five Republicans.

Of course, the contribution levels are divided into "Like It", "Love It" and "Gotta Have It" ($500, $1,000, $2,500, respectively). (Cold Stone does NOT have a history of putting on these types of fundraisers.)

(h/t to Sunlight Foundation's Political PartyTime for Cold Stone fundraiser)

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