February 2, 2023

Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist wants to seize Arizona elections

He speaks in a calm and serious tone and presents himself as a common sense family man. When asked about his family life An interviewerHe said his “children are all grown up” and that nowadays, “I think about my grandchildren” in the battles he takes.

But his family life was hectic. He has been married four times and has been separated from his two-year-old children for more than two decades, and he does not know their children, family members said. (He also has two stepchildren.)

He often talks about his experience as a police officer and firefighter in Kalamazoo, Mich. But personnel records obtained from the city’s Department of Public Safety, which he left in 1999, added this note to his file: “Retired, poor rating, not rehired.” A department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Mr. Finchem has raised more than $1.2 million, a significant amount for a campaign for secretary of state. (Mr. Lane has raised about $1.1 million, with the other two candidates trailing significantly.) Most of the money has come from out of state — seven of the eight donors listed as giving at least $5,300 to his last two campaigns. Filed from elsewhere. Major donors include Brian D., former president of the right-wing Claremont Institute. Kennedy and former Hazleton Mayor Michael Marcicano, who recently lost a Republican congressional primary.

For all that, he has few signs of a staff or campaign office. Three-quarters of his spending, more than $750,000, went to a Florida political consulting firm run by Spence Rogers, son-in-law of Arizona Legislator Wendy Rogers. relationship with white nationalists, campaign filings show. And $53,000, or nearly 5 percent of his total expenses, Mr. Paid to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort. (Many others Trump-backed candidates Arizona Governor Mr. (including Trump’s preferred candidate, Gary Lake, who spent more than $100,000 on his campaign at Mar-a-Lago.)