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Active Republican Outside Money Groups in Arizona

A Secure Arizona

A Secure Arizona is a dark money group that has run several ads supporting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and criticizing his challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ). In January 2016, the group spent $90,000 in support of McCain.[1]

The DailyKos Elections blog noted that the final frame of one of the ads claimed that it was paid for by “Citizens for a Working America.”[2] The Citizens for a Working America Super PAC is registered with the FEC, but reported no income and no campaign spending in 2015, and ended the year with just $151 cash on hand.[3]

[1]New ad casts McCain as tough on terrorism.” Eli Yokley, Roll Call, 01/11/16

[2]DailyKos Elections Morning Digest.” Daily Kos Elections, 01/12/16

[3]Citizens for a Working America PAC – FEC Form 3X.” Federal Election Commission, 01/28/16, p. 2

Arizona Grassroots Action

Arizona Grassroots Action is a Super PAC supporting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).[1] According to its FEC filings, the group is based in Alexandria, Virginia.[2] In late 2014 and early 2015, the group spearheaded an effort to replace Arizona Republican Party precinct committee members who had voted to censure McCain.[3]

The group has produced content critical of McCain’s primary opponent Kelli Ward. After Ward announced her candidacy, the group released a video “that mocks Ward over chemtrails and what it says is her association with ‘oddball bills’ and ‘fringe issues.’”[4] It later claimed that Ward “wanted to ban our intelligence agencies from operating in Arizona,” which Politifact rated as a “Mostly False” claim.[5]

As of March 31, 2016, the Super PAC reported that it held $714,062 cash on hand.[6] Per FEC data, over 90% of its individual contributions have come from non-Arizonans.

[1]McCain’s big purge.” Alex Isenstadt, Politico, 12/31/14

[2]Arizona Grassroots Action PAC FEC Form 3X.” Federal Election Commission, 03/31/16, p. 2

[3]McCain’s big purge.” Alex Isenstadt, Politico, 12/31/14

[4]Kelli Ward enters GOP Senate race against John McCain.” Dan Nowicki, The Arizona Republic, 07/15/15

[5]PAC claims former Arizona senator wanted to ban intelligence agencies.” Anthony Cave, Politifact Arizona, 05/11/16

[6]Arizona Grassroots Action PAC FEC Form 3X.” Federal Election Commission, 03/31/16, p. 2

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