Her Contributor Pleads Guilty in California, But Can Ann Kirkpatrick Undo the Damage?
PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party commented on a story published last week in the Los Angeles Times outlining how the father of one of Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s Democratic colleagues illegally funneled more than a quarter million dollars into his son’s congressional election in California. Kirkpatrick herself accepted a $5,000 contribution from the man, which she spent in 2012 in her bid to win one of Arizona’s seats in Congress. Graham is asking her to now contribute an amount equal to the questionable proceeds, which she used to win an election in 2012, to charity.
“Kirkpatrick accepted the maximum contribution from the out of state contributor who just pled guilty to making illegal contributions, and we’re calling on her to divest her campaign of the contribution,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “There’s no question about it: Arizona voters are about to find out which Arizona charity is Ann Kirkpatrick’s favorite.”
The newspaper reported that the father of California Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) spent more than $250,000 reimbursing nearly 100 people whom he successfully encouraged to contribute to his son’s campaign. An FBI investigation led to the father’s guilty plea on Tuesday, and he now faces up to 30 months in prison.
“Arizona voters are horrified that one of our elected officials is being influenced by an out of state contributor and admitted felon,” Graham added.
Kirkpatrick’s report showing the contribution is here.