Kari Lake

  Alt-Right 2022 MAGA extremist election denier Republican candidate for Arizona Governor. Experience: Born in Illinois and grew up in Iowa. Lake worked as an anchor for KSAZ-TV (Fox 10 Phoenix) from 1994 to early 2021 and for other anchor, weather and reporter roles for locations in Illinois and New York). Kari Lake lost to Katie Hobbs by 17,000 votes in the 2022 General Election.

Lake And Finchem Want Panel To Reconsider Dismissal Of Lawsuit
"Failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem want a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel to reconsider the dismissal of their lawsuit seeking to ban electronic voting systems." [ . . . ] "But attorneys for Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and for Maricopa and Pima Counties point out Lake and Finchem have yet to cite any evidence of hacked tabulation machines in Arizona."
Sep. 13, 2023
Conservative Politician Furious At ‘Black National Anthem’
"Ahead of Thursday night’s game, the Kansas City Boys and Girls Choir performed the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is considered by many as the “Black National Anthem.” The song was sung throughout the Civil Rights Movement and has become and important part of Black history in America. But conservative politician Kari Lake was not happy that it was played before Thursday night’s game." [ . . . ] "“I hear the @NFL is still trying to force this divisive nonsense down America’s throats. I won’t stand for it. Literally,” Lake said in her post, re-sharing a photo of her sitting during the playing of the song at the Super Bowl back in February."
Sep. 11, 2023

Bottom Of The Lake: Potential Trump Running Mate Hits A New Low

Sep. 8, 2023

"Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) is primarily known for being a vocal election denier and one of Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters. That is why she is considered to be on the short list of the former president’s potential running mates in the 2024 election. This week, she showed why she is so popular in the MAGAverse by taking to Twitter to make a statement that, even in today’s toxic political environment, is so reprehensible and mean-spirited that it needs to be highlighted and filed away."

Kari Lake Skewered For Lying About Potential Trump Indictment In Arizona
"Kari Lake is knowingly spreading false information about the woman who beat her out for the governorship of Arizona, according to a local news columnist. Lake, who has repeatedly been called out for spreading fake news about her political opponents, recently claimed Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs "ran a sham election" and that she's now "using her illegitimate office to order her illegitimate AG to INDICT" Donald Trump. This, Lake says, is "a threat to democracy.” The only problem? Hobbs doesn't have the power to "order" such an indictment, and Lake knows that, according to AZCentral."
Aug. 17, 2023
Kari Lake Threatens Mass Gun Violence In Defense Of Donald Trump
“I have a message tonight for Merrick Garland, and Jack Smith, and Joe Biden. And the guys back there in the fake news media, you should listen up as well, this one’s for you,” she said at a speaking event in Georgia. “If you wanna get to President Trump, you’re gonna have to go through me, and you’re gonna have to go through 75 million Americans just like me. And most of us are card carrying members of the NRA."
May 10, 2023

Arizona Judge Makes Kari Lake A Loser — Again

May 22, 2023

"A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled against Kari Lake again on Monday.
According to court records, "Plaintiff did not demonstrate any lack of compliance with statute or the EPM," the ruling explained. Though it did acknowledge that she brought a "signature verification expert," but there was "no statutory or regulatory requirement that a specific amount of time be applied to review any given signature at any level of review."
Lake had the requirement to demonstrate “clear and convincing evidence,” to support her case. It's something the judge noted she hasn’t yet done in her lawsuits"

Court Documents

Arizona High Court Fines Kari Lake Lawyers For "Unequivocally False" Claim
"The Arizona Supreme Court ordered defeated GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's attorneys pay $2,000 in sanctions for making an "unequivocally false" claim that more than 35,000 ballots were "injected" into Maricopa County's total after the election."
May 4, 2023
Kari Lake Buried For 'Boneheaded' Plan To Run Roughshod Over GOP Voter's Wishes
"Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is being criticized for essentially calling for an end to the Republican primary and a declaration that former president Donald Trump is the winner who should take on Biden. Lake's Kari Lake War Room Twitter account recently posted that Trump "has proven his conservative bonafides," simultaneously declaring that he "is going to win this primary by a considerable margin." Lake is known for her faulty claims of election fraud."
Apr. 29, 2023
Kari Lake Tells Arizona Supreme Court:
Don’t Sanction Me Because I Believe My Fact-Free Claims
Apr. 7, 2023
"Kari Lake and her lawyers are asking the Arizona Supreme Court not to sanction them for their election challenge case because Lake “honestly believes that electoral misconduct and illegal votes determined the outcome of the 2022 gubernatorial election.”
The Supreme Court invited the defendants in Lake’s case, Gov. Katie Hobbs and Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, to request sanctions against Lake and her legal team for bringing frivolous claims to the courts that aren’t supported by the facts.
Lake is a Trump-endorsed Republican and 2020 election denier who lost the November race for Arizona governor to Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes. Since the election, Lake has continued to assert, without evidence, that she is the true governor and that her loss was owed to intentional malfeasance from election officials who didn’t follow proper procedures."

Fact Check: Kari Lake Falsely Claims That Nearly 250,000 Voting Attempts Failed In Midterms
A Jan. 23 Instagram post (direct linkarchived link) from former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake shows a claim about purported election fraud in the 2022 midterms. "Officials sabotaged Election Day," the caption reads. "On November 8th – when 75% of votes were for @KariLake – nearly 1/4 of a MILLION voting attempts FAILED, according to the system log files that were obtained via FOIA." The post generated nearly 43,000 likes in less than a week. Lake shared the same claim on Twitter, where it accumulated over 22,000 likes.
Our rating: False
Mar. 3, 2023
Kari Lake's Election Fraud Claims Rejected By Most Arizona Republicans
The latest Arizona Public Opinion Pulse (AZPOP) survey by OH Predictive Insights' on Thursday showed that among three-quarters of voters polled said that there is no evidence of election fraud. This includes 93 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Republicans, and 76 percent of independents. [...] "Regardless of the narrative of a stolen gubernatorial election coming from Kari Lake, the acceptance of Katie Hobbs' win is shared in majorities across party lines," said Mike Noble, chief of research and managing partner of OH Predictive Insights. "In fact, voters are 20% more sure that the Governor's race was accurate than they are confident in the midterm elections as a whole."
Mar. 3, 2023
Kari Lake Chats With COVID Denialists About Her Senate Bid
Lake chatted with hosts who implied Christians might need to resort to “bloodshed” and who called for attacks to “destroy” Pfizer over “Satanic” COVID vaccines.
Feb. 8, 2023
'Looks Like A Felony': Elections Expert Says Kari Lake May Have Gone Too Far By Tweeting Voter Signatures
Arizona statute is very clear about when and where a voter signature can be shared or replicated or reproduced, or put online or used in social media," said Tammy Patrick, chief executive for programs at the National Association of Election Administrators and a former Maricopa County elections official "The answer to all of those things basically is, 'Never' and 'Not' and 'It can't be,' with very few exceptions." [...] "Under Arizona law, "The records containing a voter's signature...shall not be accessible or reproduced by any person other than the voter." A violation of the law is a Class 6 felony that could carry jail time.
Feb. 5, 2023
Kari Lake Goes Full Bananapants, Calls Herself The 'Duly Elected Governor' Of Arizona
"Here’s a new strategy for Kevin McCarthy as he gradually realizes he should have spent the past 15 years working on the world’s largest ball of twine instead of trying to be speaker of the House: He should just say he won and is already speaker! Italian satellites have downlinked to Matt Gaetz’s head and are forcing him to do weird things. A loose, feral panda ate a shipment of bamboo ballots and has been crapping out counterfeit Boebert brains like watermelon Pez. Dude! Just say you won! After all, mouth-frothing delusion is the Republican way. Enter Kari Lake, the answer to a question no one has asked for almost two months now. Her Arizona gubernatorial bid ended in mid-November, but she’s persisted in her delusions with a Trumpian tenacity that would be simply adorable coming from a 6-year-old. The difference being that a 6-year-old would eventually move on to more productive endeavors, like eating random wads of Play-Doh and refusing to climb into the back of Ted Cruz’s windowless white van. But Lake has shown no such maturity, and as the actual Arizona governor-elect, Katie Hobbs, prepared to be inaugurated on Thursday, Lake was once again raging against the dying of the filtered light. On the right-wing network Real America’s Voice, which is essentially what Fox News would be if they wore their Hitler Underoos on the outside of their pants, Lake confidently asserted that she was the “duly elected governor” of Arizona. Because why the fuck not, huh?
Jan. 5, 2023
Kari Lake Appeals Judge’s Dismissal Of Arizona Election Challenge
Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) is appealing a Maricopa County judge’s decision to dismiss her lawsuit challenging her midterm defeat. Lake filed a notice of appeal Tuesday in Arizona Superior Court to contest the dismissal of two counts that went to court for a two-day trial as well as other counts that never made it to trial. The short trial found that she didn’t have enough evidence to back up her claims that local election officials committed intentional misconduct that impacted the race between Lake and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs (D), which Lake lost by some 17,000 votes.
Dec. 27, 2022
Lake On Hook For $33K In Witness Fees In Failed Challenge
A judge has ordered Kari Lake, the Republican who lost the Arizona governor’s race, to pay $33,000 in fees for witnesses who helped defend election officials against Lake’s failed challenge of her defeat to Democrat Katie Hobbs
Dec. 27, 2022
Kari Lake Has Just 1 Impulse: Attack! Attack! Attack!
The only thing Kari Lake revealed in her post-election lawsuit was her own serious limitations. And now she is damaged goods." [...] Kari Lake went to court to reveal what she believes were shadowy forces that manipulated the Arizona electoral system and stole from her the governor’s seat. She had no case. She had no evidence. But she did reveal something important about herself. Her extreme limitations.
Dec. 27, 2022
Arizona Judge Rejects Kari Lake’s Election Challenge And Confirms Hobbs’ Victory
An Arizona judge on Saturday rejected Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s lawsuit attempting to overturn her defeat, concluding that there wasn’t clear or convincing evidence of misconduct, and affirming the victory of Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs. Lake, who lost to Hobbs by about 17,000 votes in November, sued in an effort to overturn the election. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson allowed a two-day trial on some of Lake’s claims, which concluded late Thursday afternoon. The court ruling marks a major defeat for Lake, who built her candidacy on her support for former President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. She has since falsely claimed to have won last month’s election.
Dec. 24, 2022
Kari Lake Steve Bannon Interview So Delusional It Hurts
Lake weighed in, saying, “if they think they can continue to steal and rig elections, they are messing with the wrong people.” Of course, the election was not rigged and Kari Lake simply lost fair and square to Katie Hobbs, who will be the next Governor of Arizona.
Dec. 14, 2022
Kari Lake Sues Arizona’s Largest County, Seeking To Overturn Her Defeat
Kari Lake, the losing Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, filed a lawsuit Friday contesting the results of an election that was certified by the state this week. Ms. Lake’s lawsuit came after she had spent weeks making a series of public statements and social media posts aimed at sowing doubt in the outcome of a contest she lost by more than 17,000 votes to her Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs. That loss was certified in documents signed on Monday by Ms. Hobbs, who currently serves as secretary of state. A former news anchor, Ms. Lake centered her candidacy on false conspiratorial claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from Donald J. Trump, who had endorsed her. For the past month, Ms. Lake, her campaign and other allies have been soliciting Election Day accounts from voters on social media and at rallies.
Dec. 9, 2022
It's Official: Kari Lake, Kelli Ward And The Arizona GOP Have Lost Their Minds
The increasingly delusional Arizona Republican Party wants Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs to be investigated for 'suppressing free speech.' But its 'bombshell' doesn't even rate as a small fizzle.
Dec. 6 2022
Cochise County supervisors, Kari Lake And Mark Finchem Had A No Good, Very Bad Day
Strike a blow for the rule of law and regard for facts. A pair of judges stand up to the election deniers in Arizona.
Dec. 1, 2022
Kooky Kari Lake Thinks We’re All Going To Become Slaves If She Isn’t Appointed Arizona Governor
Arizona loser Kari Lake has never made a secret of the fact that she would not accept defeat. But the lengths to which the failed gubernatorial candidate is going in order to somehow insert herself into an elected office that the majority of her would-be constituents voted against seeing her occupy is getting hella creepy. In her latest desperate attempt to remain relevant, the former TV personality has invoked God, of all people. Though exactly what The Almighty has to do with Lake’s failed election is anyone’s guess.
Nov. 30, 2022
Trump Wants Kari Lake ‘Installed’ As Arizona’s Governor
Trump’s far-right agenda keeps running into the pesky problem of free and fair elections.
Nov. 29 2022
Democrat Katie Hobbs Defeats Trump-Backed Kari Lake In Arizona Gubernatorial Race
The secretary of state will turn Arizona's governor seat blue after triumphing over Lake, a 2020 election denier who's already casting doubt on the validity of the 2022 midterms
Nov. 14, 2022
Questions Raised About Kari Lake Receiving Unreported Free Campaign Services From Tech Company
According to a report from the Daily Beast's William Bredderman, Arizona Republican Kari Lake has been receiving free -- and likely illegal -- campaign assistance from a tech company that once paid her for "consulting." At issue is an app developed by Superfeed Technologies for Lake "which provides regular updates from Lake’s social media feed, notifies users of campaign events, and connects them with donation and volunteer sign-up portals."
Oct. 5, 2022
'She Just Flat-Out Lied': Cooper Calls Out Kari Lake's False Claim About Paul Pelosi
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Daniel Dale discuss Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake's recent comments denying that she made light of the attack of Paul Pelosi. Lake is blaming "creative editing" from the "fake news media," which is false.
Nov. 3, 2022
‘A Really Dangerous Candidate’: Kari Lake, The New Face Of Maga Republicanism
"If Lake wins, her administration will oversee the 2024 elections in a key state that could help determine who wins the presidency. She could work with the likes of Mark Finchem, the far-right Oath Keeper who is running to become the state’s top election official. Already, she has said she will only accept the 2022 election results if “fair, honest and transparent” by her standards, declining to say whether she would accept defeat."
Nov. 3, 2022
Kari Lake Says If She Were Governor, Arizona Police Would Arrest FBI Agents Enforcing A Policy That Doesn’t Even Exist
During the campaign event, Lake referenced a widespread conservative talking point about a nonexistent U.S. Department of Justice policy: I don’t believe parents are terrorists at all. And I’ll tell you what. If I were governor right now, and Joe Biden even thought he was gonna send his FBI or DOJ in to start coming after our parents, they would be met at the airport with the state police and arrested for going after our rights. We finally, as parents, have to rise up and say, “No, we’re gonna take this anymore and they call us terrorists. That’s unbelievable. We’re in an upside-down world and we need to right it.”
Nov. 2, 2022
Kari Lake Calls For Repealing Obamacare
"Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake called for repealing the Affordable Care Act at a campaign event on Monday, bringing up an issue all but forgotten by her Republican Party."
Nov. 2, 2022
Latest Campaign Reports Show Arizona Utilities Funding GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake
The political action committees for Southwest Gas and Pinnacle West, Arizona Public Service’s parent company, have maxed out their contribution limits to Kari Lake, Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, according to third-quarter campaign finance reports that the companies filed on October 15. Both utilities have also given to the Republican Governors Association, a political committee which is supporting Lake. Southwest Gas’s Arizona PAC contributed $5,300 to Kari Lake’s campaign, the maximum contribution for a PAC giving to a statewide candidate. Pinnacle West’s PAC contributed $10,600 to Lake, the maximum contribution in Arizona for PACs with “mega-PAC” status. According to Arizona campaign finance reporting, a PAC can qualify for mega-PAC status through the Secretary of State if it can prove receipt of at least $10 from at least 500 individuals for the four years prior to applying.
Oct. 31, 2022
Arizona Governor Candidate Kari Lake Jokes About Paul Pelosi Attack
“Nancy Pelosi — well, she’s got protection when she’s in D.C. Apparently her house doesn’t have a lot of protection,” Lake said, prompting laughs and applause from the crowd and the event moderator beside her."
Oct. 31, 2022
Arizona GOP Candidate Kari Lake Airs An Ad Featuring A Homophobic And Extremist Pastor
It’s an ordinary and straightforward negative ad. A local businessman in Phoenix named Justin Erickson, who says he’s a husband and father of five children, earnestly complains that his family and his employees are “overwhelmed” by rising costs, and, as ominous music plays in the background, he declares defiantly that he can’t vote for Katie Hobbs, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, because she’s “too liberal to be governor.” The spot was paid for by the Yuma County Republican Central Committee and authorized by Kari Lake, the Trump-endorsed election denialist who is the GOP candidate for governor. It covers the Republican basics: A seemingly conscientious and decent owner of a small business—and his family—is dealing with economic hardship and feels endangered by those liberal Democrats. But the ad leaves out important information: Erickson is not merely a local business owner concerned with inflation; he is a homophobic and Islamophobic pastor.
Oct. 25, 2022
Kari Lake Suggests Early Voting Be Restricted In Arizona As She Repeats Election Lies
Lake has frequently campaigned on the false claims that the 2020 presidential race was fraudulent -- at times wielding a sledgehammer, claiming it's for suspect electronic voting machines. She raised the subject of the 2020 race in her interview with Karl, wrongly alleging that "2,000 mail-in ballots were accepted by Maricopa County after Election Day in 2020, after Election Day." Maricopa County election officials told ABC News that no ballots were accepted after the deadline on Election Day in 2020. Some ballots that were scanned the next morning -- giving them a post-election timestamp -- were turned in to the office on Election Day, the officials said. In her interview, Lake offered other unsubstantiated and disproven claims about Arizona's 2020 race. At one point Lake said she wanted to discuss other topics, but Karl noted she was the one who raised the previous election.
Oct. 23,  2022
Martin Luther King’s Daughter Hits Back At Kari Lake For Saying He Would Have Been A Maga Republican
Ms Lake, the Republican governor hopeful for Arizona, said at a campaign event on Wednesday that Martin Luther King Jr would have been a so-called “America First Republican”, or a Maga acolyte, were he alive today. After Ms Lake's bizarre comments drew people's ire on social media, Martin Luther King Jr's daughter tore into her for being dismissive of her father's "seminal work and beliefs", such as ending voter suppression and treating people, including immigrants, with dignity.
Oct. 20, 2022
Arizona GOP Nominee Caught Red-Handed Using Footage Of Russian Troops Marching In A Victory Parade In Her Campaign Ad
The ad opens showing Lake and says she will “stand with Arizona’s border sheriffs,” a plea to anti-immigration voters. It immediately cuts to footage of marching troops. Those troops are Russian soldiers, not Arizona National Guardsmen.
Oct. 6, 2022
Kari Lake Is Straight-Up Lying, And There's No Second Option
Recently, Lake pounced on what she thought was a fat 'gotcha' moment against her opponent, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. From the Arizona Republic: In a three-minute social media video, set to dramatic music and featuring patriotic visuals, Lake claims that if Hobbs is elected governor “your kindergartner wouldn’t learn the Pledge of Allegiance, but your precious 5-year-old would be taught about sex.” But her suggestion is built on misrepresentations of Hobbs’ votes and the content of various Arizona education bills… Lake: “As a legislator, Hobbs actually voted to block the Pledge of Allegiance, our National Anthem, our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and even the Mayflower Compact from being taught to the next generation of Americans right here in Arizona.” The bill, which was approved by lawmakers and signed into law, did not affect the portion of the law that permits school staff to read or post the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, or the other documents Lake identified, experts say. “It’s an incorrect claim. It’s a charge that’s untrue,” said Paul Bender, a law professor at Arizona State University. “She voted simply not to add to those things, ‘In God we trust’ and ‘God enriches’.” I wonder which bright staffer dropped the Mayflower Compact in there? In Arizona? I remain unsure whether Lake believes the Mayflower Compact is a new model of Subaru. In a tweet on Wednesday appearing to double down on her previous accusations, Lake added another claim: that Hobbs opposed displaying American flags. As evidence, she cited Senate Bill 1289, Senate Bill 1020, and Senate Bill 1152. An AP review of these bills found no instance in which Hobbs voted against displaying the flag in schools. It shouldn’t be this easy to pull a candidate apart, and it should matter more that it is. Lake in a governor’s chair is like putting a duck at the controls of a 747.
Sep. 2, 2022
Kari Lake’s Claims Against Opponent Katie Hobbs Proved False
Lake hurled accusations at Hobbs in a 3-minute video posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. “In Hobbs’ Arizona, your kindergartner wouldn’t learn the Pledge of Allegiance,” said Lake. “As a legislator, Hobbs actually voted to block the Pledge of Allegiance, our national anthem, our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and even the Mayflower Compact from being taught to the next generation of Americans right here in Arizona.” To back up Lake’s shocking allegations, the video showed a bill that Hobbs voted against four years ago. However, the bombshell Lake promised was proved to be incorrect. “Voting against this bill would not be voting against the national anthem,” said Wes Gullett, former chief of staff to previous Arizona Republican governor Fife Symington. Gullett points out the bill Lake refers to only covered adding the state motto, “Ditat Deus,” which means “God Enriches,” and the national motto of “In God We Trust.” It would not have purged anything from the approved list of materials that could be read and posted in Arizona classrooms.
Sep. 21, 2022

Kari Lake Compares Herself And MAGA To Jesus, Then Echoes Trump's Un-Christian Rant

EJ Montini, Arizona Republic, Sep. 13, 2022

Facebook, Sep. 10, 2022 Source                     

Given the fact that Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, worships at the altar of Donald Trump, I suppose we should not be surprised when she compares herself and other Trump disciples to Jesus, as happened recently.
It was during a political event in a religious setting.
Lake is not speaking at a podium, but at a pulpit, playing every bit the Christian nationalist, which these days is heavy on nationalism and light – if not totally lacking – in Christianity.
While complaining about President Joe Biden’s speech condemning radical MAGA cultists, Lake said, “You can call us whatever you want, Joe. You can call us extremists. You can call us domestic terrorists. You know who else was called a lot of names his whole life? Jesus.”
Strange how politicians like Lake invoke the name of Christ and then go on to say or do un-Christian things.
That's not what Jesus said about migrants
As Lake did from behind that same pulpit, smugly echoing her Dear Leader’s disdainful remarks about migrants, saying, “The media might have a field day with this one, but I’m just going to repeat something President Trump said a long time ago and it got him into a lot of trouble. They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. And they are rapists and that’s who’s coming across our border. That’s a fact."...

Kari Lake - Fire the Fed
Kari Lake wants to fire the federal government. A vote for her could cost Arizona everything.
The Lincoln Project
Aug. 24, 2022
Kari Lake Endorses Anti-Semitic GOP Candidate In Oklahoma Who Boasted ‘Jews Will Go To Hell’
Trump-backed GOP candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, endorsed Jarrin Jackson for Oklahoma state Senate on Thursday. The endorsement raised eyebrows across the media as recent reports have uncovered Jackson’s long history of anti-Semitic and homophobic statements. The Oklahoman reported in July that Jackson “said being gay is ‘disgusting,’ called the LGBTQ lifestyle the ‘gateway to pedophilia’ and said he is not ‘beholden to Jews’ in posts and videos on right-wing social media platforms.” The report noted that Jackson posted on Telegram in January, “All Jews will go to hell if they don’t believe the gospel of Jesus Christ … just like everybody else.” He added, “I love Jews because Christ told me to, not because they deserve it.”
Aug. 19, 2022
Who Paid $2M To Promote Kari Lake Campaign? The Source Of Donations Remains Unclear
Someone or a group of some ones are paying Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman more than $2 million to help make Kari Lake the Republican nominee for governor. But it is not clear who is doing so. And campaign finance records filed last week only deepen the mystery. Hoffman, through his company 1Ten, has produced $1 million worth of political propaganda promoting , according to campaign finance records. His company has also produced $1.1 million worth of materials advocating the defeat of her main rival. Both types of ads were ordered by a political action committee, Put Arizona First, which claims as its only donor a medical company whose owner denies making the contribution.
Jul. 19, 2022

These Arizona Candidates Still Say Donald Trump Won In 2020, Or They're Not Sure What Happened

The Arizona Republic

Jul. 15, 2022

Elected officials and candidates for office in 2022 continue to challenge and question the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.
The results have been examined and re-examined, challenged in court and in a monthslong ballot review. No evidence has been found of widespread fraud or error in the results.
Yet candidates deny the outcome. Others don't quite go as far. But they raise questions about potential irregularities they say could have influenced the vote and should be examined.
The Arizona Republic is listing candidates by category by the race that they are entered in. This list is not complete and will be updated throughout the 2022 election season.

Election deniers

These candidates in Arizona races deny that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, either in Arizona or nationwide.
US Senate

US House of Representatives


Secretary of state

Attorney general


  • Bob Lettieri, Republican

Arizona Corporation Commission

State Senate

State House of Representatives

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: Governor
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 8: Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 9: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Kari Lake, A Trump Endorsed Republican Candidate For Arizona Governor—If Elected—Supports Legislation To Include Banning FDA Approved Abortion Pills Along With All Medical Abortion Clinics In Arizona.
Jun. 30, 2022


Twitter, Jun. 27, 2022 Source

'She's Thrown Away My Friendship': Drag Queen Calls Out Kari Lake For Hypocrisy

Stacey Barchenger / Arizona Republic, Jun. 18, 2022

One of the Phoenix area's best-known drag queens is calling his former friend — Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake — a hypocrite after Lake weighed in on drag performances, the latest front in the conservative culture war.
Richard Stevens, who has performed for 25 years as Barbra Seville, said he was disappointed and decided to speak out after Lake tweeted Friday that "they kicked God out of schools and welcomed the Drag Queens. They took down our Flag and replaced it with a rainbow."
Stevens shared pictures and texts from Lake in several social media posts and said Lake had attended countless shows and private events over the decades of their friendship. He said he had performed as Marilyn Monroe in front of Lake's daughter when she was 9 or 10 years old.
"She's picked a side in the culture war, but her actions in the past don't support it," Stevens said in an interview. "Of course my feelings are hurt, but it just proves that she is a hypocrite. ... She's thrown away my friendship with her to get votes from people that would rather hate gays or hate drag queens." 
Stevens is one more critic to say Lake is new to such conservative beliefs, accusations that have dogged Lake's year-old campaign and offered opportunity for her opponents to attack. Lake is running a Donald Trump-inspired campaign to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and has used false claims the 2020 election was stolen as a signature talking point.

Arizona Governor Candidate Kari Lake Is Now Also A Witch Doctor And Witch Hunter
Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake at a recent campaign event seemed to make her case for holding the state’s highest elected office by pushing her bona fides as both a witch doctor and a witch hunter. And proving in the process that she’s as incompetent at those two occupations as she would be as governor.
Apr. 29, 2022
Arizona GOP Gov Candidate Kari Lake Will Find 2020 Election’s Real Killers
Trump-endorsed Kari Lake is still running in the GOP primary for Arizona governor, and she’s still coup-coup for the Big Lie. She doesn’t even consider Joe Biden the real president of the real United States. That’s why she calls President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris by their first names, like they’re the help. She tweeted the other day, “Joe and Kamala are driving the country into the ground. I am running for governor to keep them from taking Arizona with them.” She’s not just rude, though. She’s also openly seditionist. She declared that as governor, she’d close her eyes and ignore everything Fake President Biden said. [...] Lake has already said she wouldn’t have certified Biden’s victory in Arizona. Outgoing GOP Governor Doug Ducey did because he’s apparently a RINO who obeys the law. Lake still thinks Arizona was stolen from Trump, but don’t waste your time waiting for evidence to support those wild accusations. Lake doesn’t need proof when she has instinct.
Apr. 25, 2022
Trump-Endorsed Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Says She Would Fine Airlines $1,000 For Making Passengers Wear Masks
Kari Lake, a gubernatorial candidate for Arizona backed by former President Donald Trump, said on Monday that she would fine airlines $1,000 for each time they enforce mask mandates on passengers while in Arizona airspace.
Apr. 12, 2022

Photo: Politifact

Kari Lake, a TV journalist turned Republican candidate for Arizona governor, is running with Donald Trump’s endorsement on a platform of rehashing falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election. Lake disputes that President Joe Biden received 81 million votes even though the results were certified and accepted by Congress. Lake has spoken favorably of "decertification" of the vote in Arizona, a process that does not exist. She predicted a review of ballots in Maricopa County would show Trump as "the real winner of Arizona," but that review, orchestrated by state Senate Republicans, confirmed the official results that Biden won. Falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election culminated in the Jan. 6, 2021, violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Lake downplayed the cases of the defendants in an interview with 60 Minutes Australia. Lake was asked if she thinks the defendants should be pardoned, an idea floated by Trump. Lake said she would have no say in that as a candidate for governor, then added, "What I don’t like is that people are being held in prison without being charged. That’s un-American." "


"We contacted Lake’s campaign to ask for her evidence and did not get a response.

So has the government imprisoned people associated with Jan. 6 without showing any evidence of alleged crimes? No. Court records show charges filed against hundreds of people who assaulted or resisted police and disrupted Congress in an effort to overturn the election results in favor of Donald Trump.

Jan. 6, 2022

Kari Lake Is Unmasked After Her Disaster Of A Down Under Interview
When CBS 5/3TV's Dennis Welch in June asked Kari Lake about her donations to then-presidential candidates John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, her response was to trash the reporter. [. . .] When 12News’ Brahm Resnik asked Lake, during her August mask protest at ASU, what should be done about a surging pandemic, her response was to trash the reporter. [. . .] Are you catching on, Arizona? Let’s just briefly revisit Lake’s disaster of a Down Under interview, which on Sunday evening.
Mar. 15, 2022
Trump-Backed Candidate For Governor of Arizona Campaigning With Felon Who ‘Plotted to Kill’ FBI Informant
Kari Lake, the longtime Phoenix-area news anchor turned Trump-backed candidate for Arizona governor, has been campaigning with a man who pleaded guilting to trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant. Lake, who is no stranger to controversy, has previously been documented campaigning with QAnon followers and Nazi sympathizers. Salon documented Lake’s latest campaign scandal, noting that her campaign even paid the convicted felon, Kenneth Ulibarri, $2,000, according to recent filings. Igor Derysh reported that “Ulibarri, a repeat violent offender who pleaded guilty after the DOJ accused him of trying to hire a hitman to kill an FBI informant and an unrelated state charge of battery on a peace officer, spoke at Lake’s “Stand for Freedom” rally in Scottsdale last July.”
Feb. 25, 2022
Fact Check: The Various Flavors Of Dishonesty That GOP Candidates Used To Promote 2020 Election Lies This Month
Kari Lake, a Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor, has been an aggressive promoter of lies about the 2020 election. Earlier this month, she joined Trump's spokeswoman in promoting another dishonest claim -- about Wisconsin.
Feb. 23, 2022
Pro-Trump Arizona Candidate Gets Promptly Smacked Down After Falsely Claiming Her Ads Were Being Censored
12 News swiftly handed down a response. They had not, in fact, censored Lake's ad — she had just been confused about the time range in which the ad could air. "Lake's media buying company, Strategic Media Placement, Inc., placed one commercial spot on 12 News for the week of Feb. 21-27. The order indicates the singular spot could air Monday or Tuesday evening during the 10 p.m. news," wrote the station. "The purchase was made with 12 News on Friday, Feb. 18." Lake's candidacy for governor of Arizona has been fraught with controversy from the start. She has endlessly promoted Donald Trump's "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen, even calling for the arrest of her most prominent Democratic opponent, current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. She has also campaigned with a number of fringe figures, including Ethan Schmidt-Crockett, an outspoken Nazi sympathizer who terrorized a wig shop for cancer patients over their COVID masking policy, and Ron Watkins, who has been accused by some cyber experts of being the mysterious "Q" behind the QAnon conspiracy theory movement
Feb. 22, 2022
Arizona GOP Governor Candidate Promises To Illegally Build Border Wall On Federal Land
"On Feb. 4, Lake shared video on Twitter of comments she made on right-wing journalist Tim Pool's "Timcast" podcast on Dec. 3 and tweeted, "The Feds have ABANDONED us. When I'm Governor, we'll finish the wall ourselves in defiance of them. " [...] "what's Joe Biden going to do? Arrest a sitting governor?""
Feb. 8, 2022

Trump-Supporting Arizona Politicians Push Election Lies At Florence Rally

Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who's running for governor, began her speech with the theme of some of the other speakers, praising America under Trump and listing its problems under Biden. As did others, she called Trump “president” and slammed the 2020 election as “rotten to the core.”


We are so blessed to have Donald Trump with us here today. We know the election was stolen,” state Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, said when she took the stage, echoing the sentiments of other speakers and crowd members, who cheered her in response.


Like-minded Trump supporters in the Legislature included speakers at Saturday's rally such as Rogers, Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, and former representative Anthony Kern, who's running for the state Senate.


“They attacked Donald Trump because he exposed them and their evil deeds,” said Finchem, who's running for Arizona secretary of state, a position that oversees state elections.


On Dec. 14, 2020, Kern and 10 other Arizonans, including state GOP Chair Kelli Ward and Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, signed a document that was sent to Congress. All 11 people were listed on the general election ballot as the would-be electors for Trump.


Borrelli pushed back on the fact that the belief in widespread election fraud that stole the presidency from Trump in 2020 was a “conspiracy theory.” He said there was indeed a conspiracy, but he claims "it’s not a theory.” He said the problem was “obstructionists” who oversee elections at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and in Maricopa County. Borrelli said that many of his peers in the Arizona House and Senate were behind him and other election deniers and that they were going to “tighten up the loopholes that these commie (expletive) have exploited.” The crowd cheered as Borrelli claimed that the “shamestream media” were hiding facts like “ghost voters” he said were found to have voted in Pima County in 2020. Pima County election officials deny there were any widespread problems with the election.


Arizona Republican U.S. Reps. Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, the latter two national leaders in the spread of falsehoods over the 2020 election, also spoke at the rally

Jan. 16, 2022

Meet The MAGA Extremist Who Might Be Arizona’s Next Governor
Lake has never held elected office before, but she’s quickly risen in notoriety during this race. She’s appeared with QAnon activists and Nazi sympathizers. She has supported a secretary of state candidate with ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. [...] Lake has said that if she were elected governor she would direct Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to open a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the 2020 election where he would “seize all election material, all election equipment, and he should start questioning people immediately.” She’s described Trump as “pretty close to perfect” [...] She says she’s a “MAGA conservative.” Lake checks all the boxes of an anti-vaccination alarmist. She’s bragged about how she sought ways around vaccination requirements when looking for a restaurant to dine at in New York. She’s bragged that she has not gotten a Covid vaccine, “and I don’t plan on getting it.” She’s also propagated the same arguments casting doubt on the safety and efficacy of vaccines—a position that actually puts her to Trump’s right. “I’m not believing a lot of the science, so-called science coming out of some of our so-called experts,” Lake said in mid-January.
Jan. 14, 2022
Kari Lake Just Got Schooled (And By Her Fellow Republicans)
Oh, she has put out a few ideas for what we can expect if she’s governor, but they are more campaign slogans than actual policy plans. She would “finish the wall,” though she hasn’t explained how she would pay for it (maybe she could bill Mexico?). She would arrest “OSHA goons” as soon as they set foot in Arizona, though she hasn’t cited by what authority could place them in handcuffs. Finally, a few weeks ago, Lake offered an actual policy proposal. She would install cameras in every public school classroom so that parents would be able to root out “woke” educators and their secret plan to indoctrinate our children in leftie ideas.
Dec. 8, 2021
A Crazy Defamation Suit Threat? Kari Lake's Attorney Threatens GOP Consultant, Invites Depo On Lake's Stability
"A "nonsensical claim of defamation" could open Kari Lake up to a deposition to "explore the entire range of her mental health and stability.""
Dec. 7, 2021


Kari Lake Says She’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine To Ward Off COVID-19
Candidates generally are either committed to evidence, or they aren’t,” said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Public Health Association, when asked about Lake’s most recent comments. “Kari Lake appears to be in camp two.
Nov. 23, 2021

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"Here we have a person.
Who’d like to be Governor.
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Trump-Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate Appears With Nazi Sympathizer And QAnon-Linked Activists At Campaign Events
At a campaign event in late August, Lake posed for a photo and video with far-right personalities Ethan Schmidt-Crockett, the founder of the AntiMaskersClub, who harassed a store specializing in wigs for cancer patients this summer because it required customers to wear masks, and Greyson Arnold, a Nazi sympathizer who has a history of making White nationalist, racist, antisemitic and pro-Nazi statements, including once calling Adolf Hitler "a complicated historical figure which many people misunderstand."
Nov. 4, 2021
Kari Lake And Kelli Ward Are Heading To A Phoenix Elementary School For An Anti-Mask Protest
An anti-mask mandate rally Friday that will feature gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, staunchly anti-vax Sen. Kelly Townsend, and various other high profile, far-right politicians has settled on an interesting venue: an elementary school campus in Phoenix.
Oct. 29, 2021
How CNN's Kyung Lah Took On Kari Lake 'Relentlessly Repeating Misinformation'
Oct. 21, 2021
Fact-Checking Kari Lake, Serial Promoter Of Election Lies And Early Frontrunner In GOP Primary For Arizona Governor
Lake has baselessly advocated the imprisonment of state Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is now running for governor, over unspecified election crimes; there is simply no sign Hobbs broke the law. Lake has also pushed for the imprisonment of unspecified journalists she claims have told lies about the election and other subjects.
Oct. 16, 2021
Trump-Backed Candidate For Arizona Governor Caught Having Dinner With Top QAnon Operator
"According to Vice, Watkins is a longtime QAnon activist who started a website about aliens. He was also a featured speaker at Mike Lindell's Cyber Symposium. Many believe that Watkins is the man behind the QAnon movement."
Oct. 13, 2021
Trump's Pick For Arizona Governor Claims 1/6 Rioters Were 'Invited In By Capitol Police'
Oct. 10, 2021
Trump’s Candidate For Arizona Governor Says She Would Not Have Certified Biden’s Victory
Kari Lake, a former news anchor who is now the Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor in 2022, told One America News on Friday that she “would not have certified” the votes had she been governor at the time. She cited debunked lies about “serious irregularities” that were spread by the likes of Rudy Giuliani
Oct. 2, 2021

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'Take The Mask And Shove It': Kari Lake Leads Anti-Mask Rally At ASU. Here Are 5 Takeaways
GOP candidate for governor makes dubious pledge to students. Supporters include Jan. 6 participant and anti-masker who tried to ruin a business.
Aug. 15, 2021
Kari Lake Tweets Like Trump: Irresponsibly And Dangerously. How Long Until She's Banned?
Kari Lake, the former Fox 10 Phoenix news anchor running as a Republican for governor of Arizona, is taking advantage of Twitter's inconsistency with a string of irresponsible tweets that have no business on Twitter or anywhere else. It's the best of both worlds for her. She can tweet Trump-like nonsense to appease her followers.
Aug. 14, 2021

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Kari Lake Scores A Gold In The Olympics' Newest Event: The Red Meat Toss
It's sad that a candidate for Arizona governor chooses the morning after an Arizona gymnast wins Olympic gold to try to score cheap points with Republican voters by dissing Olympic athletes.
Aug. 2, 2021

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Photo: Twitter                       

Former Phoenix News Anchor Announces Run For Arizona Governor
Lake made her religious beliefs a theme in both the resignation video as well as on her new website, which outlines the duties of Christians in their beliefs [...] Lake got her name in the news more than a year ago after she shared on Twitter a video where two California doctors promoted lifting that state’s shelter-in-place order, saying that COVID-19 is similar to the flu and that isolation actually may weaken the immune system [...] She also sent out a Twitter post in January saying the “First Amendment is under attack’’ after Twitter and Facebook first suspended Donald Trump’s accounts after the platforms concluded that his misinformation and lies inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Jun. 1, 2021

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Not On TV, Kari Lake Is Active On Site For Right-Wingers, Nazis
Kari Lake went viral in 2019 for bashing Phoenix New Times to a colleague while defending her affiliation with the far-right Twitter clone Parler. Now, she's ventured even deeper into the shady ecosystem of far-right social media, joining a social media network known as Gab that's favored by neo-Nazis and QAnon cultists.
Jan. 21, 2021
Fox 10 Anchor Kari Lake Doubles Down On Debunked Coronavirus Video On Twitter
Lake, a news anchor for Phoenix TV station Fox 10, took to Twitter to spotlight a recent viral video in which two California doctors promote lifting the shelter-in-place order in the state — doctors whose claims have been roundly criticized by health care professionals [...] Citing a violation of its terms of service, YouTube removed video
Apr. 29, 2020
'Fuck Them': Fox 10's Kari Lake Blasts Phoenix New Times, Her Own Bosses
Fox 10's Kari Lake dropped an f-bomb on camera after her bosses asked her to hide her account on a right-wing social media platform
Jul. 15, 2019
Fox 10 Conspiracy Theorist Credulously Retweets Unverified Claim Of Election Fraud
The Phoenix television anchor who once peddled a conspiracy theory about #RedForEd has done it again, retweeting an unverified claim of election fraud on Sunday from an anonymous account to her 9,000 followers
Nov. 5, 2018
Fox10 Phoenix Anchor Claims #RedForEd Is Ploy To Legalize Pot
Apr. 25, 2018

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