GOP infighting spawns attack ads, huge spending 

Conservative groups are punishing incumbent Republicans with attack ads and large donations to their opponents in next week’s primary election. /Photo by DepositPhotos.com

By Camryn Sanchez | Arizona Capitol Times 

Conservative groups are punishing incumbent Republicans with attack ads and large donations to their opponents in next week’s primary election. (Photo by DepositPhotos.com)

Conservative groups are punishing incumbent Republicans with attack ads and huge donations to their primary opponents.

Established GOP politicians who have represented Arizona for years are now at serious risk of losing their seats to incoming challengers. Their opponents may not be raising money on their own, but several groups with deep pockets are propping up those candidates, even if the money isn’t always traceable.

One of the main issues dividing the party is how candidates view the 2020 election. Those who say it was “stolen” or “rigged” against former President Trump are more likely to earn his endorsement and monetary aid from far-right groups.

Trump rewards candidates who say the election is stolen with his stamp of approval and they endorse one another in return.

“We present a united front; we Trump endorsees,” said Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, on the Flyover Conservatives podcast on June 19. She referred to Karrin Taylor Robson as “the swamp creature” and claimed that she’s spending $1 million a week against Kari Lake in the Republican primary for governor. Taylor Robson has spent an average of $302,456 a week since launching her campaign in 2021.

One political action committee that is heavily influencing the field in terms of their campaign spending is Securing Arizona. As reported by The Arizona Republic: Securing Arizona is a group dedicated to pushing Mesa’s representation to the far right and it reported receiving many thousands of dollars from a company in Orange County, which says it did not give any of that money.

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