Legacy Foundation Action Fund Airs Anti-Smith Ad

Karyn Bruggeman
April 11, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

“A dark money group called the Leg­acy Found­a­tion Ac­tion Fund is spend­ing $275,000 on ads link­ing” Mesa May­or Scott Smith (R) to Pres­id­ent Obama. “Smith is pres­id­ent of the U.S. Con­fer­ence of May­ors, which sup­ports the Af­ford­able Care Act and back­ground checks on gun sales.” The ad calls Smith “Obama’s fa­vor­ite may­or” and shows pic­tures of Smith, Obama and Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden.

Smith is claim­ing state Treas­urer Doug Ducey (R) “is be­hind the an­onym­ous at­tack.” Smith cam­paign ad­viser Max Fose said in an email: “The is­sue-ad­vocacy tele­vi­sion ad link­ing Smith to Obama”¦was de­signed by Ducey’s me­dia con­sult­ant, Larry Mc­Carthy.” Mc­Carthy pro­duced a re­cent ad for the Leg­acy Found­a­tion in the Neb­raska Sen­ate race, but is deny­ing in­volve­ment in the Smith ad. (Ari­zona Re­pub­lic)

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The group, a 501(c)(4) which has roots in Iowa, pre­vi­ously spent al­most $350,000 in the Neb­raska Sen­ate GOP primary in sup­port of Mid­land Uni­versity Pres­id­ent Ben Sas­se (R), which in­cluded the pro-Sas­se TV ad aired in March. It’s also not the first time the LFAF has spent money in Ari­zona. In 2011 they set up a leg­al de­fense fund to sup­port two sher­iffs be­ing sued by the U.S. Justice De­part­ment and the ACLU for en­for­cing the state’s con­tro­ver­sial im­mig­ra­tion law.

Former GoDaddy ex­ec­ut­ive Christine Jones (R) was the first can­did­ate to go on the air in the GOP primary with a pos­it­ive, in­tro­duct­ory bio­graph­ic­al spot that aired on broad­cast in the Phoenix and Tuc­son mar­kets in early March.

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