Alex Constantine - August 25, 2016
PHOENIX - A political action committee supporting U.S. Senate hopeful Kelli Ward, received a huge influx of cash from a Donald Trump supporter and New York billionaire.
Robert Mercer, a heavy GOP donor, contributed $200,000 to KelliPAC, new Federal Election Commission filings show.
Ward is the main Republican challenger for Senator John McCain's seat in the August 30 primary. Trump endorsed McCain earlier this month. Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick is also running.
According to Politico , Mercer's money has helped the PAC air anti-McCain ads.
“KelliPAC’s last-minute infusion of out-of-state cash—something she has hypocritically decried— doesn’t change the fact that she spent taxpayer dollars to explore conspiracy theories, and her positions on key national security issues would weaken our military and put Arizonans at risk," McCain spokeswoman Lorna Romero told ABC15.
Ward spokesman Stephen Sebastian noted that McCain's PAC's have led to causalities.
"The millions spent by McCain's attack PAC's trying to fool voters into thinking that troop funding is voted on in Phoenix rather than D.C. don't change the fact that McCain's 'Invade the World, Invite the World' agenda of arming Islamic extremists abroad paired with open borders here at home has resulted in piles of bodies from Benghazi to Orlando," Sebastian said.
Meanwhile, Kirkpatrick spokesman D.B. Mitchell said the contribution is why rules need to change.
"Donations like these are exactly why Ann Kirkpatrick supports overturning the disastrous Citizens United decision and working to ensure our elections are not decided by a small group of millionaires and billionaires," he said.