Congresswoman Sinema says she donated the $10,000 backpage.com founders gave her “some time ago,” but FEC reports say otherwise.
No donations to Spot 127 were listed on her FEC reports, but her spokeswoman says she donated the money “some time ago.”
Sinema tweeted on Sunday that she donated the money to Spot 127.
The Republic story also quoted Spot 127 saying that the organization is “unaware of any donation from Sinema.”
Sinema’s spokesperson is quoted in the Republic article saying, “Contributions from Mr. Lacey were accepted before any criminal or civil charges were filed against him. The campaign had no knowledge of Mr. Lacey’s role in the ownership or control of Backpage.com at the time of his donations.”
There have been Senate committee hearings on backpage.com dating back to before she accepted the money, and criminal and civil actions against the website’s founders begin as early as 2011.
Sinema accepted donations from the founders of backpage.com in both in 2013 and 2016.
“Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s story about when and if she donated this dirty money just doesn’t add up,” said Arizona Republican Party Communications Director Torunn Sinclair. “If she donated it ‘some time ago’ why didn’t her spokeswoman point to it in a report? Why didn’t she correct the record? Kyrsten Sinema is absolutely trying to pull a fast one on Arizonans and get away with it. She’s deceiving her constituents. Unless she hasn’t been following what her fellow Arizona legislators have been doing in Congress, or hasn’t followed the news for nearly a decade, she knew where this money came from and what it represents. Congresswoman Sinema’s actions are shady and can’t be trusted.”