SpaceX employee, Blake Masters and Kari Lake: Here’s who’s funding Phoenix City Council candidates

By Taylor Seely | Arizona Republic

The 16 candidates running for Phoenix City Council, combined, raised more than half a million dollars in recent months and are sitting on about $1.8 million in the bank.

They’re gearing up for the Nov. 8 election. 

Candidates recently filed campaign finance reports that showed a highly competitive race for the open seat in District 6 and incumbents leading fundraising efforts in the three other races. 

Campaign finance reports show:

  • who donates to a candidate. 
  • how the candidate spent the funds.
  • how much money they have left.

Fundraising doesn’t guarantee a candidate’s win or loss, but it can show who might be frontrunners. 

Seven of the eight candidates running for the District 6 seat, currently held by term-limited Councilman Sal DiCiccio, raised at least $500 — the amount that triggers the reporting 

requirement. Most raised tens of thousands of dollars. 

Donations to candidates came largely from Arizona residents who gave $100 or more. Consultants, developers, attorneys and publicists were some of the most common givers. 

Political action committees representing labor unions, carpenters and firefighters played a role, albeit a small one in the grand scheme.

One of the District 6 candidates drew support from well-known political candidates like Kari Lake, the former Fox 10 anchor who’s running for governor as a Trump-endorsed Republican, and Blake Masters, a Trump-endorsed Republican running for U.S. Senate .

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