July 17, 2019 / Press Releases

Q2: Old Habits Die Hard for Unelected Sen. Martha McSally

McSally, a “Big Money 20” target, has taken nearly $2 million from corporate special interest PACs over the course of her political career

Mark Kelly raised over $4.2 million without a dime from corporate PACs

Unelected Sen. Martha McSally has a bad habit of breaking FEC rules and gobbling up special interest corporate money. Last cycle, McSally had multiple FEC complaints filed against her and the FEC cited her campaign for campaign contributions after an audit found she has accepted more than the legal maximum amount from multiple donors and did not properly disclose required donor information.

In her most recent FEC report, Sen. McSally continued her poor reporting pattern and failed to provide employer and occupation information for donors who gave $182,600. That’s in addition to accepting a whopping $268,000 from corporate PACs.

“Senator McSally is up to her old tricks and trying to play by a different set of rules,” said End Citizens United Spokesman Bawadden Sayed. “McSally was handed her seat in 2018 after Arizonans rejected her, so she is forced to make up what she lacks in grassroots support by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the special interest corporate PACs that run Washington DC.”

ECU-endorsed candidate Mark Kelly, who is challenging Sen. McSally, raised $4,242,000 in the second quarter. Kelly’s campaign has rejected corporate PAC money and is grassroots-funded.

End Citizens United (ECU) named McSally to its list of “Big Money 20” targets for the 2020 cycle. The Big Money 20 aims to educate voters about incumbents who represent the worst of Washington and rally support for reforming the political system. The members of the Big Money 20 are incumbents who take money from corporate special interests, mega-donors, and industries like Big Pharma and Big Oil and then put those interests ahead of their constituents.

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