“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)
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.