Republican Karrin Taylor Robson sets high bar in early fundraising for Arizona governor’s race

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By Stacey Barchenger | Arizona Republic

Arizona businesswoman and former regent Karrin Taylor Robson formally kicks off her campaign to run as a Republican for Arizona governor at the Eastmark community center in Mesa on Sept. 20, 2021.

Karrin Taylor Robson, the developer and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, announced Thursday she raised $3.7 million in 2021 for her campaign to be Arizona’s next Republican governor.

Roughly half of the total is Taylor Robson’s own money, which doubled what nearly 16,000 individual donors kicked into her campaign. The campaign said it has $3 million cash on hand and about 87% of contributions were made by Arizonans.

“What this report demonstrates is we will have the resources necessary to reach every Arizona household and compete for every vote,” Taylor Robson said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our conservative, Arizona First message to all corners of our state in the weeks and months ahead.”

The campaign said Taylor Robson’s haul was record-breaking for a gubernatorial candidate at this stage of the race, and that 86% of donors contributed $25 or less.

Taylor Robson is the first leading GOP candidate for governor to provide a glimpse into her finances. All statewide candidates must file their first donor and expenditure reports by Jan. 15, disclosing their financial standing that can be one measure of their viability as a candidate.


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January 2022