(UPDATE, 5:00pm: Bennett and AZSOS Communications Director Matt Roberts both tweeted their frustration this afternoon.
In honor of this ridiculous lawsuit I also plan to sue the traffic on the San Tan 202 for preventing me from getting to work on time.— matt roberts (@MattFlackAZ) August 24, 2018
Maybe I'll even sue the inventors of beer who have prevented me from fitting in my sweet denim jorts too. https://t.co/7Jen8MrxMb
SOS refusing to date/time stamp emergency order to show cause!— Ken Bennett (@BennettArizona) August 24, 2018
Told me to come back on Monday! Outrageous.— Ken Bennett (@BennettArizona) August 24, 2018
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett has filed a last-minute lawsuit against his successor in the Secretary of State's Office, alleging that the department's website shutdown prevented him from qualifying for Clean Elections funding.
The primary election is this coming Tuesday, August 28, and the deadline to turn in the qualifying $5 contributions was the 21st. The Secretary of State's online contribution portal shut down at 5pm that evening, and Bennett is contending that it should have shut down at midnight.
Bennett was unable to find an attorney to take the dispute to court, and he has filed it this afternoon on his own. He did file suit against both Reagan and the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, but failed to separately request an emergency injunction or any immediate action by the court
As Howie Fischer (Capitol Media Services) detailed yesterday, even if Bennett is successful in his action, any Clean Elections money would have to be spent before Tuesday's election.
Arizona's Politics has requested a copy of the filing and will provide it once available.