Kari Lake’s campaign may be over, but the grift goes on

Opinion: Ever wonder why Kari Lake won’t just concede and go away? Turns out election denial is a lucrative business.

By Laurie Roberts || Arizona Republic

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks during an Arizona Republican election night gathering at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch on Nov. 8, 2022.

It’s been nearly three months now since the election. And Kari Lake?

Yep, still screaming from coast to coast and all over social media about the many ways in which she was robbed by those scheming fellow Republicans who run Maricopa County.

Ever wonder why Lake won’t concede? Or at least storm off on some new adventure, now that hardly anybody in Arizona (other than the conspiracy crowd) is paying attention?


Turns out election denial is a lucrative business.

Kari Lake hauls in cash nationwide

Between the day after the Nov. 8 election she lost and the end of the year, Lake raised $2.5 million, according to an analysis by Arizona Mirror’s Jim Small. And that’s not counting the money that flowed to the nonprofit she formed in December, so that gullible supporters and easy marks across the nation can contribute.

Her biggest haul ever into her campaign fund ever came a week after the election – on Nov. 14, the day Gov. Katie Hobbs was declared the winner.

Small reports that more than 8,000 people contributed $338,388 on that day, as Lake called for donations to help her fight back against the “BS”.


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