Arizona GOP fundraising skids to lowest level in 18 years after far-right candidate Kelli Ward becomes chair
Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, has come under fire after donations fell to the lowest level in 18 years.
According to The Arizona Republic, the giant fundraising deficit comes only months after Ward took over as party chair.
Campaign finance records obtained by the paper show that Ward has burned through most of the Arizona GOP’s cash.
In the first quarter of this year, Ward raised $89,000, compared with $347,000 for the same period in 2017.
“At least for now, it appears GOP benefactors have closed their wallets to the state party under Ward’s leadership,” The Arizona Republic pointed out.
While running for Senate in 2018, Ward drew negative headlines to the state by associating with a self-described “Pro-White” candidate in Wisconsin. She has also been known to spread conspiracy theories from right-wing radio host Alex Jones.
“She made a point that it was going to be a radical change from the status quo, and … it’s just the wrong way,” Republican consultant Wes Gullett told the paper. “Institutional funders, for Republicans anyway, they like stability. …The establishment holds the money and they’re holding it close and are waiting to see what she’s going to be like.”
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