Saving Arizona has taken out a $1.5 million broadcast tv advert purchase in Phoenix, set to run over the subsequent two weeks. The advert, first obtained by POLITICO, compares Masters and Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, attacking Kelly for his votes on immigration and power points.
An individual with data of the advert purchase who spoke on situation of anonymity confirmed that Thiel, who gave $13.5 million to the tremendous PAC throughout the main, has not donated extra cash for the brand new spot, however declined to say who was funding it. Whereas Thiel might make investments extra money within the race, “the group just isn’t counting on Peter Thiel’s largesse at this level,” the individual stated, and the tremendous PAC is “aggressively pitching” different Republican donors. Masters, an in depth affiliate of Thiel, stepped away from his work at Thiel Capital earlier this yr.
Arizona is likely one of the prime battleground states within the combat for the management of the narrowly divided Senate, although Republicans’ prospects there have appeared to decrease as Masters has trailed Kelly in polling and has struggled to lift cash of his personal.
“Put apart all of the detrimental adverts. Arizona has a transparent alternative for Senate,” the advert states, apparently referencing the onslaught of Democratic TV commercials which have run towards Masters in latest weeks. “Mark Kelly voted to permit unlawful immigrants to obtain taxpayer-funded advantages. Blake Masters believes unlawful immigrants shouldn’t obtain taxpayer funds.”
The narrator within the 30-second spot then proceeds to hit Kelly for opposing the Keystone Pipeline, tying his opposition to the mission to excessive fuel costs. It concludes by flashing on display that Kelly is “too liberal for Arizona.”
Masters has been pummeled on air for the reason that early August main. Democratic advert spending within the race has totaled greater than $20 million — greater than triple the $6 million from Republicans.
The Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee and Masters have spent a mixed $3 million on adverts throughout that point, whereas One Nation, the nonprofit group related to Senate Management Fund, has purchased roughly $2.5 million value of adverts attacking Kelly for the reason that main.
Senate Management Fund, the tremendous PAC aligned with Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, introduced two weeks in the past it was slicing $8 million, or roughly half of its preliminary reservation in Arizona. That meant SLF adverts in help of Masters gained’t start airing till October.
“We’re all-in for Blake and plan on spending the subsequent two months exposing Mark Kelly because the leftwing fraud he really is,” stated Andy Surabian, a senior adviser to Saving Arizona PAC, who argued that Kelly “has repeatedly sided with Joe Biden and the novel left over middle-class Arizonans.”
“We’re assured that the folks of Arizona will reject Kelly’s liberal extremism and substitute him with Blake Masters this November.”