In race to be Arizona’s next attorney general, Republicans have big early cash advantage over Democrats

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By Tara Kavaler | Arizona Republic

Republican candidates are winning the early money race in the campaign for Arizona’s next attorney general.

Attorney and member of the United States Air Force JAG  Corps Rodney Glassman raised, by far, the most amount of any candidate running for the specific office with approximately $1.27 million in 2021.

That’s about half a million dollars more than the next Republican and more than three times as much as the top Democrat reported for last year. Campaign finance reports for the race were due Jan. 15.

“Arizonans want an attorney general who will fight back against Joe Biden, secure our border, and protect citizens from the overreach of the government,” Brady Smith, a consultant to the Glassman campaign, told The Arizona Republic. “This financial report shows that Arizona Republicans know the candidate to do that is Rodney Glassman.”

The second-highest fundraiser, former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould, who was endorsed Tuesday by former Gov. Jan Brewer, raised about $754,000 last year.

Dawn Grove, vice president and corporate counsel for Karsten Manufacturing, raised the third-highest amount in 2021 at about $432,000. Karsten Manufacturing is the parent company of PING, the golf empire that Grove’s family created.

Lacy Cooper, who formerly served as border security section chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, raised the least of any of the Republican primary candidates at $114,000. She also has the least amount of cash left, after expenditures, of any GOP contender with about $48,000.

The newest entrant in the race, Republican Abraham Hamadeh, raised approximately $207,000 in two months.

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