Katie Hobbs’ campaign ad features 3 “Republicans” who have donated thousands to Democrats

The self-proclaimed Republicans, featured in Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs’ new campaign ad, have a long history of donating thousands directly to Democratic candidates and through Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue.

Hobbs, the Arizona Secretary of State, on Wednesday released a television campaign featuring members of her Republican for Katie Hobbs coalition, including Paul Charlton, a former US attorney appointed by George W. Bush; Peggy Neely, the former Republican Vice Mayor of Phoenix; and David Adame, a representative of the Arizona-Mexico Commission appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Charlton says in the ad, “I’m a lifelong Conservative,” though he has donated more than $13,000 to multiple Democratic candidates over the years directly and through ActBlue, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records. That year, he donated $4,700 directly to Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who is running for re-election against Republican Blake Masters. He also gave $55 to WinRed, the Republican Party’s fundraising platform, this year in three separate donations not earmarked for specific candidates.

Neely says in the ad that she was “always elected a Republican,” despite making 17 separate donations through ActBlue since 2020. That year, she donated $400 directly to Kelly’s campaign and an additional $500 through ActBlue.

Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks at a women's march rally in support of midterm election candidates who support abortion rights outside the State Capitol in Phoenix on October 8, 2022.

Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks at a women’s march rally in support of midterm election candidates who support abortion rights outside the State Capitol in Phoenix on October 8, 2022.
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Neely also donated $500 to Democrat Kris Mayes, who is running for Arizona Attorney General against Republican Abraham Hamadeh. She gave WinRed $52 in two separate donations this year, not earmarked for specific candidates.

In 2014, Neely donated $100 to Felecia Rotellini, who is now the chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

Adame explains in Hobbs’ ad that he’s “a Republican,” even though he’s donated over $10,000 to more than a dozen Democrats around the world, including former Rep. Xochitl Liana Torres Small of New Mexico and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Arizona gubernatorial candidates Katie Hobbs (left) and Kari Lake (right) face their showdown next month.

Arizona gubernatorial candidates Katie Hobbs (left) and Kari Lake (right) face their showdown next month.
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Last year, Adame donated thousands to since-defunct Democratic gubernatorial nominee Marco Lopez, defunct Democratic nominee for Main House Daniel Hernandez, and Democratic US Rep. Greg Stanton, who is running for re-election against Republican Kelly Cooper.

Charlton, Neely and Adame say in the ad that Hobbs’ Republican opponent Kari Lake is “too extreme” on issues like abortion and education.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs speaks at a roundtable event in Phoenix on September 19, 2022.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs speaks at a roundtable event in Phoenix on September 19, 2022.
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“Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake, they are totally different,” read the group’s ad. “Kari Lake was so different on the news. Kari wants to put government cameras in classrooms. Katie Hobbs wants to bring teachers into the classroom. Kari Lake has gone way too extreme. Kari Lake takes abortion too far. If Kari Lake becomes governor, we can expect jobs to disappear. Businesses won’t come here.

“Katie Hobbs will do the job,” they conclude. “That’s why I’m voting for Katie Hobbs.”

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