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Super PAC funded by Masters ally blasts Brnovich over false election fraud claims

By: - September 1, 2021 12:01 pm

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A super PAC funded by tech guru Peter Thiel to aid ally Blake Masters’ U.S. Senate campaign attacked Attorney General Mark Brnovich for failing to take action on baseless claims of voter fraud while failing to cite any evidence of malfeasance in Arizona’s election.

Saving Arizona PAC used its first television ad, which it described as a major statewide campaign, to blast Brnovich for rejecting former President Donald Trump’s bogus claims that the election was rigged against him in key swing states that voted for Joe Biden for president.

“Mark Brnovich says President Trump is wrong on voter fraud. Really? Brnovich failed to convene a grand jury, certified Biden as president. Now he’s nowhere to be found, making excuses … instead of standing with our president,” the ad says. 

As attorney general, Brnovich, along with Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, must certify Arizona’s election results. Certifying the election results is not a discretionary exercise and is required by state law, as Ducey noted after Trump and others criticized him for certifying Biden’s win.

The ad also does not say why Brnovich should have convened a grand jury. No evidence has emerged to suggest that Arizona’s election, which Biden won by 10,457 votes, was affected by fraud. Trump, who repeatedly spread baseless fraud claims, never filed any legal actions after the election alleging fraud in Arizona.

A spokesperson for Saving Arizona PAC did not respond to questions from the Arizona Mirror. It’s unclear how much money the committee spent on the ad or what networks it’s running on.

Just eight days after the election, Brnovich became perhaps the first elected Republican in Arizona to publicly reject the false fraud claims that Trump and many of his supporters spread in response to the former president’s defeat. 

Joanna Duka, a spokeswoman for Brnovich’s campaign, called the ad “deceptive” and criticized Masters, though she didn’t address the actual election fraud claims made by the ad.

“Blake Masters has no conservative credentials to run on — it’s no wonder he has to run a deceitful ad to boost his non-existence at the expense of Mark Brnovich, who has actually  proven to put Americans First,” Duka told the Mirror.

Saving Arizona PAC is funded by Thiel, who contributed $10 million to the committee. Masters is the chief operating officer of Thiel Capital and president of the nonprofit Thiel Foundation. 

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

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