Republicans are playing defense on Fundraising in Arizona.


Republicans are playing defense in the money game in Arizona.

Arizona Democrats are doing very well in fundraising this election cycle with the latest reports showing that the State Party has outraised their Republican counterparts.

Why is this occurring?

One of the reasons is Republican State Party Chair Kelli Ward has not been the warm and fuzzy face of the party that middle of the road conservative donors are comfortable with.

Another reason is that strong candidates like Democratic Senate Candidate Captain Mark Kelly and the three Democratic candidates in Congressional District Six (Anita Malik, Stephanie Rimmer, and Dr. Hiral Tipirneni) offer more compelling visions and messages than their reactionary opponents on the Republican side (Senator Martha McSally and Representative David Schweikert).

At the end of the last fundraising quarter, Captain Kelly had nine and a half million in the bank compared to just over five and a half million for Senator McSally.

In Congressional District Six, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni has consistently outpaced the ethically embattled Representative Schweikert with the Republican incumbent spending more than what he has brought in during the last quarter.

Commenting on the Democrats current fundraising advantage to the Arizona Mirror, Arizona Democratic Party Communications Director Matt Grodsky said:

“We only anticipate that going up once we actually transition into an election. We’re happy with what we’re seeing.”

These fundraising numbers bode well for Democrats going into the 2020 elections as Arizona will be a battleground state at the Presidential, congressional, and local levels.

While the money definitely helps, nothing captivates the people more than a positive inclusive message that unites and shows a direction forward. Recent history in Arizona (Anita Malik beating Heather Ross for the nomination in 2018 in Congressional District Six) shows that a strong positive forward-looking inclusive message can minimize the impact of high fundraising totals.

Democrats need to remember to stay on message and show how their vision is better than their reactionary opponents.

That is the pathway to victory in 2020.


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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. Chemtrail Kelli Ward doesn’t believe the government is dosing the American people with mind controlling drugs from the sky, probably because the chemtrail drugs are working on her.

    I know lots of Republicans, and they’re not all AZGOP level loons, they’re concerned with how far into crazytown the GOP has travelled and don’t want to give them any more support.


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