Suspicious out-of-state PAC propping up Christine Marsh in LD28

PHOENIX — A suspicious out-of-state political action committee appears to be quietly influencing the state senate race in Arizona’s 28th legislative district in an effort to prop up Democrat Christine Marsh.

In a little-noticed press release dated July 13, 2018, Marsh mentioned to supporters that she had been endorsed by a group called “Future Now USA.” Just three days later, a PAC called “Future Now Fund – AZ” filed its first campaign finance report with the Arizona Secretary of State.

The campaign finance report is illuminating.

From May 2018 through June 2018, the PAC was quietly raising money from a number of “small donors,” giving it the appearance of a grassroots operation. However, further analysis of the group’s finances reveals that nearly 92 percent of the “small donations” — 225 out of the 245 total contributions — come from individuals who live in New York. The remaining eight percent of contributions come from individuals who live in East Coast states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In fact, not a single donation comes from Arizona.

The same can be said for the group’s second campaign finance report: All but 12 contributions come from individuals who live in New York. Not a single donation originates in Arizona.

The vast majority of the PAC’s funds come from another out-of-state group called the “Future Now Fund,” which is based in Washington, D.C. The “Future Now Fund” donated $110,000 to the PAC in two increments of $60,000 and $50,000.

It is unclear why the PAC — which collected sums of money from seemingly random people in states like New York — is attempting to influence a faraway state senate race in LD28 or what its East Coast donors are interested in accomplishing here.

The PAC has transferred its funds to six political candidates, but only two of those candidates live in Arizona. (The other four are running for office in New Hampshire.) Christine Marsh is one of those mere two candidates. Her campaign received several thousand dollars from the PAC just three days before she issued the little-noticed press release on July 13 mentioned above.

Why the PAC singled out Marsh for a donation remains a mystery. The group’s next campaign finance report, expected to be filed later this month, will shine more light on its funding sources.

Marsh, who has indicated that she supports the #AbolishICE movement, is running against Republican State Senator Kate Brophy McGee, who currently represents the 28th district.


Christine Marsh ‘liked’ tweet calling for abolishment of ICE

PHOENIX — Christine Marsh, a Democrat running for the Arizona State Senate, ‘liked’ a tweet calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), adding to growing concerns among voters that she wants to eliminate an agency responsible for keeping Americans safe.

Alyssa Milano, an actress and far-left political activist, has become one of the agency’s most outspoken opponents in Hollywood. She has called for the outright abolishment of ICE, as well as the abolishment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The actress often tags her social media activity with #AbolishICE and #AbolishCBP — referring to the political movement led by Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of Queens.

“TODAY, show up. Wear white. Make your voice heard,” Milano tweeted on June 30, inviting her followers to a protest and using the #AbolishICE hashtag to signify her support.

Christine Marsh, the Democrat running for state senate, personally ‘liked’ that tweet, sharing it with her own followers on Twitter.

As highlighted on “Marsh Is Wrong,” a new website set up by Senate Victory PAC, the Democrat also quietly indicated on a liberal group’s Candidate Survey that she “strongly agrees” with the following statement: “I support policy that would restrict and/or end the cooperation of local law enforcement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Marsh’s show of support for #AbolishICE and “sanctuary city” status comes amid growing concern from families across Arizona’s 28th legislative district about her position on border security.

Marsh is running against Republican State Senator Kate Brophy McGee, who currently represents the 28th district and is a longtime advocate for educators at the Arizona State Capitol.

Brophy McGee is one of the first volunteers who pushed for the “original” Proposition 301 education-funding mechanism to appear on the ballot in 1999.