Trump-Backed Conspiracy Theorist Vets To Take Over Arizona Election

He speaks in a sober and serious tone and presents himself as a family man with common sense. When asked by an interviewer about his family life, he said that his “children grew up and left” and added that today, “I’m thinking about my grandchildren” in the battles he faces.

But his family life has been unstable. He has been married four times and separated for more than two decades from two adult children, and does not know his children, family members said. (He also has two stepsons.)

He speaks frequently about his experience as a police officer and firefighter in Kalamazoo, Michigan. But personnel records obtained from that city’s Department of Public Safety, which he left in 1999, include this note in his file: “Retired, poor rating, no rehire.” A department spokesman declined to comment.

Mr. Finchem has raised more than $1.2 million, a substantial amount for a campaign for secretary of state. (Mr. Lane has raised about $1.1 million, while the other two candidates lag far behind.) Much of the money comes from out of state: Seven of the eight donors on the list have donated the maximum of $5,300 in their last two campaigns. the introductions were from other places. Major donors include Brian T. Kennedy, the former president of the right-wing Claremont Institute, and Michael Marsicano, the former mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, who recently lost a Republican congressional primary.

For all that, he has few visible signs of a staff or campaign office. About three-quarters of his spending, more than $750,000, went to a Florida political consulting firm run by Spence Rogers, the nephew of Wendy Rogers, an Arizona lawmaker with ties to white nationalists, campaign documents show. . Another $53,000, or nearly 5 percent of his total spending, went toward payments to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. (Many other Trump-endorsed candidates have followed suit, including Kari Lake, Trump’s favorite candidate for governor of Arizona, whose campaign has spent more than $100,000 at Mar-a-Lago.)

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