More than $21 million has been donated to the campaigns surrounding U.S. Senate, Arizona's 2nd Congressional District and Proposition 205.
News 4 Tucson Investigators went through each campaign's election finance report. Below is a breakdown of what we founds.
Sen. John McCain - U.S Senate
Total contributions: $9,993,659
Number of individual contributions: 10,0047
Largest contributor: NORPAC - 68,800
Committee donations: $2,064,121 from 861 parties
At a glance: Many of McCain's largest contributors aren't from Arizona and work in the banking, real estate, casino, and solar industries. 384 people donated $5,000 or more, only 32 of them listed an Arizona address.
Campaign Statement: “John McCain has a long record of fighting for the people of Arizona and championing legislation to create a stronger, safer and more prosperous state. From ensuring veterans receive the care they have earned and bolstering Arizona’s economy to addressing drought and catastrophic wildfire, John McCain has never shied away from confronting tough issues. The people of Arizona are well aware of John McCain's record of accomplishment in the U.S. Senate and recognize that we need his leadership now more than ever.”?
Ann Kirkpatrick - U.S. Senate
Total contributions: $7,982,691
Number of individual contributions: 31,270
Largest contributor: Tucson retiree - $4,400
Committee donations: $669,014 from 194 parties
At a glance: Kirkpatrick has far more donors, but they gave significantly less cash on average. Democratic organization ActBlue, Planned Parenthood, and Emily's list are some of the names that jump out on her donor list. 63 of Kirkpatrick's 384 largest donors list out of state addresses.
Rep. Martha McSally
Total contributions: $6,632,898
Number of individual contributions: 14,775
Largest contributor: Tucson auto dealer - $5,400
Committee donations: $1,288,759 from 667 parties
At a glance: McSally has a big advantage over her opponent when it comes to campaign cash. Records also reflect a seemingly large number of donations from Political Action Committee's. 164 of McSally's largest individual donors list Arizona addresses.
Campaign Statement: "We receive a tremendous amount of support from individuals because Martha has proven she can get results. In just this cycle, our campaign has received roughly 76,000 contributions of $50 or less and our average donation amount from individuals is $64. In fact, our campaign’s share of contributions from small donors is more than double that of Martha's opponent, who receives a larger share of his money from PACs than we do.”
Dr. Matt Heinz
Total contributions: $1,415,790
Number of individual contributions: 3,961
Largest/most interesting contributor: Colorado Springs crossing guard - $5,400
Committee donations: $266,951 from 97 parties
At a glance: Heinz has far less money buy a higher average per donor than McSally. Many of Heinz's donors list jobs in the medical field as their occupation. 119 of his largest 200 donors list Arizona addresses.
Campaign Statement: "I've been humbled by the support of the thousands of people who have donated their time, money, and energy to help us secure victory on November 8th. The vast majority of our support has come from people right here in our community, not from out of state PACs or organizations. Many of these people are my friends and colleagues but even more are former strangers who I've gotten to know over the past few months. I'm incredibly grateful to every single one of them."? Matt Heinz.
No on 205
Total contributions: $1,850,113
Amount of individual contributions: $850,115
Amount of business contributions: $999,667
Largest individual contributor: Phoenix based business executive - $250,000
Largest business contributor: Insys Therapeutics - $500,000
At a glance: The No on 205 campaign has received a large amount of cash from a small number of places. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce, 4 people in Paradise Valley, and several businesses in the medical field gave more than $100,000.
Supporter Statements: "It's not a good idea for the state. We have not seen good results in Colorado. Our chamber represents more than 1,000 business here in the Tucson area. We are all concerned about employer liability and public safety. We represents businesses in general; restaurants, hotels, stores, and in general businesses are against this," Lea Marquez-Peterson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Yes on 205
Total contributions: $3,182,010
Amount of individual contributions: $138,134
Amount of business contributions: $2,955,082
Largest individual contributor: Tempe based attorney - $54,999
Largest business contributor: Marijuana Policy Project - $798,998
At a glance: The Yes on 205 campaign got more than 90% of their donations from businesses. 18 of those business gave $50,000 - 150,00 and are involved in the marijuana field.
Supporter Statements: "Voting yes will expand personal liberty and also security and control over marijuana. A lot of businesses have donated and these are hard working businesses from Arizona who see and opportunity to expand liberty to people. The businesses that are against only want to protect their profits and prohibition," Carlos Alfaro Marijuana Policy Project.