An Arizona GOP legislator who was
among the many rioting crowds on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is dealing with a
marketing campaign finance criticism alleging that he illegally used money from a
failed re-election bid to attend the rebel.
The criticism in opposition to Sen. Anthony
Kern, R-Glendale claims that Kern improperly used marketing campaign funds from
his failed 2020 re-election to journey to Washington, D.C., to attend the
occasions of Jan. 6, 2021, together with airfare and a resort keep.
“These journey bills occurred throughout the identical time that Senator Kern traveled to Washington, D.C. for a rally on the United State Capitol on January 6, 2021 – a rally that in the end
turned violent and led to the dying of seven individuals,” the criticism
filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Workplace by Peoria resident
Josh Grey says.
On Jan. 4 Kern reported an expenditure
for $980.96 for “Journey – lodging” and a $478 expenditure on Jan. 5 for
an airline ticket. On Jan. 11, Kern reported an expenditure of $436.74
for journey and lodging at a Hyatt resort.
Kern was current on the Capitol, and photographs and video confirmed him in numerous places across the exterior of the constructing after protesters had overrun the complicated, stormed the constructing
and despatched lawmakers fleeing for security. He has stated that he didn’t
breach the Capitol, and there’s no footage or different proof suggesting
“Setting apart the violent and undemocratic nature of the January 6 rally at america Capitol, the usage of marketing campaign funds for private journey bills violates Arizona’s marketing campaign finance legal guidelines,” the criticism says.
Arizona marketing campaign finance regulation
says that candidates can not use marketing campaign money for actions unrelated
to successful their elections. The criticism argues that Kern’s attendance
on the rally two months after he had already misplaced his election
constitutes a private use.
“At that time, any remaining monies in his marketing campaign coffers can be thought-about surplus marketing campaign monies, which Arizona regulation
clearly states, ‘is probably not used or transformed for private use,’” the
criticism says. “And whereas Kern for Senate reported receiving the
surplus switch in January 2021,
it’s clear that the funds weren’t transferred to the brand new committee
till after Senator Kern’s journey to Washington, D.C. Certainly, Kern for
Senate was not even shaped till Might 2021.”
Kern didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
If the secretary of state believes
Kern probably violated marketing campaign finance regulation, the criticism will probably be despatched to
the Lawyer Common’s Workplace to find out if the regulation was damaged. If
the AG decides that Kern violated the regulation, he should “take corrective
motion inside twenty days” or face a penalty that may be appealed to the
superior courtroom, per Arizona regulation.
The day earlier than Jan. 6, Kern rallied
outdoors the Capitol with a who’s who of Cease the Steal personas,
together with the motion’s ringleader, Ali Alexander, and election fraud conspiracy promoter Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow.
“In Arizona, there’s a courageous man
that I’m making an attempt to persuade to run for state senate or Congress,
Anthony Kern,” Alexander stated earlier than Kern took the stage as rain poured down on Jan. 5.
“Mitch McConnell, I’m not frightened
about optics right here right now,” Kern advised the gang earlier than talking about
abortion and evaluating the scenario to the invasion of Normandy in
World Struggle II. “We is not going to permit the vote to be stolen from our duly
There isn’t any proof that fraud or malfeasance affected the end result of the presidential election.
On Jan. 6, Kern tweeted within the
morning earlier than Trump’s speech and didn’t tweet once more till 3 p.m. That
tweet was a picture of the Capitol steps, overtaken by protesters.
Photos circulated on-line displaying Kern among those protesters on the steps. He later mocked a few of his critics on Twitter.
“You okay @AzHouseDems? Need me to name the police?” he tweeted
on April 19, responding to criticism by the Arizona Home Democratic
caucus after information broke that Kern was engaged on the Arizona audit.
Kern has been a proponent of the
“#StopTheSteal” motion because the election, utilizing the hashtag 17 occasions
on Twitter from November via Jan. 6.
“D-Day in DC to help Arizona’s and America’s duly elected President Donald Trump! #StoptheSteal,” Kern tweeted on Jan. 6 round 10 a.m. with an image of the stage the place Trump would quickly converse.