July 29, 2019 Press Release

Mitch McConnell Dark Money Group Looks To Boost McSally

After Voting with McConnell 97% Of The Time, McSally Gets Boost From McConnell-Aligned Dark Money Group

In 2018, McConnell-associated organizations spent nearly $22 million on McSally’s unsuccessful bid

PHOENIX — A new report helps to explain why unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally has voted with Mitch McConnell 97 percent of the time, instead of being an independent voice for Arizona: Next week, a dark money group with ties to the Senate Majority Leader will go on TV to boost McSally, according to reporting from Politico.

In addition to explaining why McSally hasn’t been putting Arizonans first in Washington, the early spending is also a sign that Washington Republicans are worried about McSally’s lagging campaign.

The dark money group, OneNation, intervened to spend money on McSally’s behalf during the 2018 GOP Senate primary. And over the course of the 2018 race, McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund super PAC was a major funder of DefendArizona, a group that spent $21,966,560 on McSally’s behalf.

And after McSally lost the race, McConnell personally lobbied for her to be appointed to the Senate, where she’s proven herself to be a dedicated party loyalist, by:

  • voting with McConnell and her party 97% of the time;
  • supporting every single Trump judge; and
  • insisting that it isn’t her “role” to stand up to her party and protect Arizonans’ health care access.

“Martha McSally puts her corporate special interest backers first in Washington and refuses to stand up to her party to protect Arizonans’ health care,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson. “So it’s no surprise that a Mitch McConnell-linked dark money group funded by corporate special interests is spending big to keep McSally working for them in Washington.”