Republican Len Munsil is going to get a last-minute cash infusion of more than $135,000 for his gubernatorial campaign.
On Monday, the Citizens Clean Elections Commission concluded that portions of five separate campaign pieces mailed by the Arizona Democratic Party were designed largely to convince recipients to re-elect incumbent Gov. Janet Napolitano.
That made the cost an independent expenditure on Napolitano’s behalf above and beyond the $680,774 that both candidates had received in public funding.
But the check cut to Munsil still won’t keep him even with Napolitano, who’s to receive an extra $290,000 in public funding to reply to a television commercial paid for indirectly by the Arizona Republican Party.
The commercial criticizes the governor’s willingness three years ago to allow illegal immigrants to be eligible for a state driver license.
Munsil campaign consultant Nathan Sproul declined to say how the GOP contender would use the money in the last week of the campaign. “We’re not
comfortable discussing campaign strategy,’’ he said.
Campaign mailers, while the least expensive, take time to print and delivery could take several days. That’s an issue in Arizona, where people have been voting by early ballot for almost a month.
Munsil used some lastminute funds received during his primary campaign to air an endorsement by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. But the flood of commercials by congressional candidates has driven up the cost of air time, potentially putting a television blitz out of reach.