Let’s Talk Money: What to Look for Ahead of Today’s Q4 Senate Primary FEC Deadline

For Immediate Release
Monday, January 31, 2022
Contact: Hannah Goss, hgoss@azdem.org

Let’s Talk Money: What to Look for Ahead of Today’s Q4 Senate Primary FEC Deadline 
PHOENIX — Today is the 2021 fourth-quarter FEC filing deadline, which means the chaotic characters in Arizona’s crowded GOP Senate primary have to show their cards and reveal who exactly is bankrolling their campaigns.

This past quarter, not a single candidate came anywhere near Mark Kelly’s nearly $9 million haul. Mark Brnovich was so busy playing with nunchucks he forgot to raise more than $800,000, and Blake Masters likely got significant funding from fellow tech-bros Peter Thiel and JD Vance. Meanwhile, Jim Lamon raised less than $200,000 in actual donations, keeping his campaign viable by personally contributing $3 million to himself.
Jim Lamon filed his report last night, but for the rest of the messy field of candidates, here’s what to look out for: 

  • Did anyone other than Jim Lamon himself contribute to the Utah-resident’s campaign? (Spoiler alert: not really)
  • How much tech money did Silicon Valley sweetheart Blake Masters rake in?
  • How much lobbyist and corporate PAC money did Brnovich rake in to keep his campaign afloat?
  • Have National Republicans chosen to put their donations behind any candidate yet — or is this race still as wide-open as ever?
  • Are Mick McGuire and Justin Olson even still running? 
  • How quickly are Lamon and Masters burning through their “war” chests to keep their ads up on TV?


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