MCSALLY’S BAD WEEK: $1 Million FEC Complaint, Caves to Right on Immigration Dominates AZ News

WATCH: Rep. McSally’s troubles highlighted on local TV


PHOENIX – On TV and in news stories all week, Arizonans saw how Rep. Martha McSally will say and do anything to try and get ahead. First, she earned a $1 million campaign finance complaint for improper fundraising, and then she caved to pressure from her primary opponents on immigration and Dreamers.


McSally’s FEC infraction was the latest in a lengthy series of campaign finance troubles dating back to 2013, including a recently announced federal audit of her campaign. Her removal from an immigration bill she co-sponsored followed weeks of pressure from Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio.


Here’s how it played all week in Arizona:


WATCH: Rep. McSally’s $1 million FEC complaint dominated Tucson television.


News Outlet




Associated Press


“Group: McSally Improperly Fundraising for House, Senate”


Shown in: Prescott Daily Courier, KNAU, Kingman Daily Miner, Arizona Daily Star


Arizona Public Media



“Group Claims McSally Fundraising for Two Campaigns”




Arizona Daily Sun



“Group says McSally moved $1 million from her House of Representatives campaign fund to her run for Senate.”







Arizona Republic



“Rep. Martha McSally has improperly maintained a campaign fundraising operation for the House of Representatives even after declaring — and raising money for — her Senate run, a liberal group backing a potential opponent says.” […]


“The new complaint follows a rare FEC audit of McSally's campaign finance reporting after years of dispute over details of her spending and unusually vague identification of her donors.” […]


“Still, after the announcement, her House campaign committee raised at least $156,000 from individuals and PACs from Jan. 13 through March 1, FEC records show. […]


“…the lack of debt with McSally's House campaign will be a key point for the FEC as they examine the complaint. The FEC will also want to examine whether she was still a candidate for the House seat after she declared for the Senate seat.” […]


“The FEC complaint could add to McSally's problems following the rules documenting the flow of money in federal politics.


Last week, the FEC unanimously adopted the findings of an audit that concluded her 2014 campaign committee, McSally for Congress, repeatedly misreported what it collected and spent, failed to fully identify many of its donors and failed to properly acknowledge some of its eleventh-hour contributions, among other problems.” […]


“McSally's campaign told the FEC that it had made changes to better follow the agency's rules and also noted that the "volume of contributions ... was overwhelming at times."


The mistakes lingered even after the committee filed amended financial statements to the FEC, the agency found.” […]



Vaughn Hillyard, NBC News



“Report from @yvonnewingett @ronaldjhansen sorting out the lingering questions over McSally’s past campaign finance filings & the $1M that has been transferred from her House $& chest to Senate campaign:”



Chris Herstam



“SLEAZY.  McSally campaign has no respect for campaign finance laws.”



DJ Quinlan


“McSally now has a long demonstrated history of breaking campaign finance laws. She is already under federal investigation. #shameful”