New Spending: McConnell Groups To Spend $19.5M Boosting McSally
Mitch McConnell-Linked Groups Now Spending
$19.5 Million To Boost Martha McSally
PHOENIX — With $3.3 million in new “dark money” spending announced today from OneNation, Mitch McConnell-linked groups are now set to spend $19.5 million-and-counting to keep Martha McSally’s vote in the Senate, where she puts her corporate backers and party leaders first, siding with McConnell 97% of the time.
Today, OneNation — a “dark money” group tied to Majority Leader McConnell — announced a new $3.3 million summer ad “blitz” in Arizona to boost McSally, bringing up the group’s spending total this cycle to $4.5 million, including a $700,000 ad buy in March.
On Monday, McConnell’s U.S. Senate campaign committee, the NRSC, started a $5.7 million TV ad buy boosting McSally.
The DefendArizona super PAC — which spent nearly $22 million for McSally in 2018, with principal funding from McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund — has said it plans to spend at least $9.2 million on behalf of McSally in 2020.
McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund super PAC has already spent at least $154,074 in support of McSally’s campaign — including on “texts directing people to make donations to benefit McSally’s bid.”
McConnell personally lobbied for McSally to be appointed to the Senate after her 2018 loss. In return, McSally has regularly sided with McConnell over Arizonans on votes like protecting the Trump administration’s expansion of AARP-opposed “junk” insurance plans that let insurance companies increase premiums on older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.
Most recently, McSally aligned with McConnell in opposing direct relief for Arizona towns and cities — a position that Arizona mayors have indicated “threatens critical public services in their communities.”