Phoenix – Third quarter financial reports reveal large and unfortunately very predictable contributions from special interests designed to aid the re-election of the current Arizona Attorney General. January Contreras, experienced prosecutor and candidate for Attorney General, highlighted the ties between Mark Brnovich’s recent actions and the money flowing into the Republican Attorneys General Association coffers.
Contreras challenged Brnovich’s allegiances, “Brnovich isn't putting Arizonans first, he’s too busy working for the special interests that are buying TV ads for his campaign. We’ve seen this over and over again -- his allegiance is to the corporations and special interests that have raised money for his campaigns. Arizonans deserve better.”
This Quarter (July - September 2018)
In July, APS’ parent company Pinnacle West donated $100,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association. That donation came just weeks before the Attorney General's Office raised eyebrows by changing language on a ballot measure that APS was opposing. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/09/18/arizona-elections-proposition-127-ballot-language-called-unfair/1335893002/
Koch Industries donated $50,000 in August, weeks after Brnovich joined onto a lawsuit defending the secrecy of dark money donors to Americans For Prosperity, a Koch Brothers organization -- the same group that helped kick Arizona's Outlaw Dirty Money Initiative off the ballot. He lost this case. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/07/03/schuette-americans-prosperity-california-donors/755069002/
Last Quarter (April - June 2018)
ExxonMobil donated $75,000, after Brnovich and other Attorneys General defended them in court from an investigation into their role in environmental damage. He lost this case. https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/10/tk/states-brief-iso-plaintiffs-mtn-for-prelim-injunction.pdf
The National Mining Association donated $50,375 on three different occasions, totalling $151,125.00 in a single quarter. Brnovich signed onto a lawsuit brought by the National Mining Association, attempting to allow mining of uranium on protected lands surrounding the Grand Canyon. He lost this case.
January Contreras is a former Deputy County Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, and a founder of a non-profit for abused and vulnerable kids and young adults. She’s running for Attorney General to bring honesty, accountability, and transparency back to our government, and to put the safety, financial security, and well-being of Arizonans first.