$250,000: McCain funding effort to elect Trump

PHOENIX — After more than a year and over 60 endorsements, it turns out John McCain is Trump’s biggest financial backer in Arizona, too.


According to recently filed financial disclosures, McCain and his allies have funded the Arizona Republican Party and its efforts to elect Trump to the tune of at least $258,000 -- nearly all of it coming mere weeks ago. The funds have been used by the AZGOP to tout the Trump and McCain slate side-by-side as “Our 2016 GOP Leaders” in the November election.


[FEC.gov, Arizona Republican Party, Transfers From Affiliated Committees]


[Robert Graham via Twitter, 10/18/16]


AZGOP chairman Robert Graham has maintained his full-throated support of Trump and has repeatedly acted as a local and national surrogate for Trump while still backing McCain. Brewer, whom McCain named to the leadership of his women’s coalition, recently invoked torture imagery to attack women who have accused Trump of sexual assault -- and has drawn no criticism from McCain.


“John McCain is once again trying to have it both ways with a quarter-of-a-million dollar endorsement of Donald Trump,” Arizona Democratic Party Communications Director Enrique Gutierrez said. “After his 33 years in Washington, Arizonans have had enough of John McCain telling them what he thinks they want to hear and then doing whatever he thinks will save his election. They’re ready for a new, principled leader like Ann Kirkpatrick, who will respect them by finally offering the ‘straight talk’ they’ve been missing.”


Yesterday, Kirkpatrick called for John McCain to denounce Brewer’s support after she commented that women accusing Donald Trump of sexual impropriety were “waterboarding” Trump. Brewer also recently dismissed Latino voters, telling The Boston Globe, “Nah, they don’t get out and vote.”


Earlier this election, McCain refused to denounce the Arizona Republican Party’s vile, Trump-esque tactics when they delivered a ‘Wanted’ poster with Kirkpatrick’s portrait surrounded by bullet holes. McCain shrugged off demands for apology from former Reps. Gabby Giffords, Ron Barber, and Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly by saying, “Politics is a very rough business.”