Democrat asks IRS to investigate nonprofit with ties to Kari Lake campaign, legal team

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | AZ Mirror

Pinal County Democrats Chair Lisa Sanor is asking the Internal Revenue Service to  investigate a political action committee tied to Republican Senatorial hopeful Kari Lake, according to a copy of the complaint obtained exclusively by the Arizona Mirror.

The Save Arizona Fund was incorporated as a domestic nonprofit in Arizona in December 2022, shortly following Lake’s election loss to now Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs. It describes itself as an “Arizona-based non-profit social welfare organization operating as exempt from federal taxes” as a 501(c)(4) organization.

The complaint filed this week by Sanor claims that the organization has not pursued those goals but “instead operates primarily for the private benefit of Kari Lake” and requested that if the IRS finds they have not been “operating for the promotion of social welfare” that their tax-exempt status be revoked.

“Kari Lake only cares about boosting herself – but she isn’t above the rules,” Sanor said in a statement to the Mirror. “Arizonans deserve to know if she is illegally using this shady organization to pay her own lawyers to push conspiracy theories about past elections.”

The Lake campaign and Save Arizona Fund did not respond to a request for comment about the letter.


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