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New pop-up ‘dark money’ group targets Martha McSally with six-figure ad buy
Open Secrets ^ | September 10, 2019 | Karl Evers-Hillstrom

Posted on 09/15/2019 3:46:36 AM PDT by Zhang Fei

A secretive new “dark money” group is hitting the airwaves — and the road — to help Democrats win Arizona’s hotly contested Senate seat in 2020.

Advancing AZ, which also goes by Honest Arizona, is hammering Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) over her vote to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. The new group purchased nearly $155,000 worth of TV ads in Arizona to run through much of September, according to Federal Communications Commission records in OpenSecrets’ political ad database.

“Tell Martha McSally to stop attacking our health care,” the 30-second ad tells viewers, displaying a phone number that redirects to McSally’s Washington, D.C., office.

Incorporated as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit in April, Advancing AZ is not required to disclose its donors, leaving the public in the dark about who is bankrolling these ads. The group did not respond to a request for comment about its funding.

Like similar dark money groups that have materialized to influence high-stakes Senate races, Advancing AZ has nebulous ties to Democratic establishment groups.

The group’s chairman, Arizona resident Steve Gomez, was featured in an anti-McSally ad from Democratic dark money group Majority Forward that aired just before the 2018 election. In the ad, Gomez criticizes McSally for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, noting that his son “will forever be labeled as a pre-existing condition” due to a heart transplant he underwent shortly after birth.

“Martha McSally voted to allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people like our son,” he says in the ad.

Majority Forward was the top dark money spender of last year’s midterms, dumping more than $40 million into Senate races and shelling out $7 million in ads opposing McSally. The 501(c)(4) effectively functions as an arm of Senate Majority PAC, the flagship super PAC aligned with Senate Democrats

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: kag; maga; mcsally; trump
The official Dem organizations like the DNC are lagging their GOP counterparts in fund raising, but vast sums are being spent by completely new 501(c)(4) non-profits (i.e., in the same tax and FEC category as the NRA) funded by liberal billionaires.
1 posted on 09/15/2019 3:46:36 AM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

These are the same type of groups that the IRS/Lois Lerner tried to silence.

2 posted on 09/15/2019 4:07:25 AM PDT by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Zhang Fei

Getting rid of the unaffordable care act is the attack?

Sounds more like free advertising to me.

3 posted on 09/15/2019 4:24:46 AM PDT by Principled (No one will conquer America, from within or without, until its citizenry are disarmed.)
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To: Zhang Fei
Martha McSally needs to be primaried by a Conservative
4 posted on 09/15/2019 5:56:09 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: gattaca

Maybe this type of group, but only ONE Dem group was listed, just so they could say the program was ‘bipartisan’. They really only targeted Conservative groups. And Lois Lerner is still receiving her Government pension.

5 posted on 09/15/2019 6:41:14 AM PDT by originalbuckeye ('In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act'- George Orwell..?)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Doesn’t work, as awful as she is. But we will have the usual Hobson’s choice between bad and worse. Mark Kelly, Gabby Giffords’ gun grabbing husband is running for the Dems. Martha looks gold next to him.

6 posted on 09/15/2019 7:24:09 AM PDT by Luke21 (o)
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To: Luke21

I will send some money to Senator McSally to balance some of Russia’s meddling in the Arizona election.

How do I know that Russia is “meddling” in Arizona?

Because, as everyone knows, bribes, lies and untraceable “contributions” are a much cheaper way for Russia to defeat the US than a “shooting war” with the US would be.

Russia still has the same goals it had in the “cold war”.

But now, after 50 years of corrupting American educators, it is able to use different “means”...

7 posted on 09/15/2019 10:02:36 AM PDT by pfony1 (Put Up or Shut Up!)
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To: Zhang Fei

Repubs are ignorant if they expect anything less than a fortune spent on any of its candidates

8 posted on 09/15/2019 1:21:16 PM PDT by xzins (Retired US Army chaplain. Support our troops by praying for their victory.)
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