Mark Brnovich


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Republican Mark Brnovich was the Attorney General of Arizona. He assumed office on January 5, 2015. He left office on January 2, 2023. Brnovich ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Arizona. He lost in the Republican primary on August 2, 2022. He defeated one-term incumbent Tom Horne (R) in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014, before winning the position in the general election. The 2018 election was considered a battleground race. Republicans won seven of the ten attorney general elections held in the state between 1972 and 2014, and Democrats won three. State term limits require the attorney general to serve no more than two consecutive terms. Brnovich was an at-large delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Arizona. Above: Mark Brnovich and his nun-chuks.

Former Attorney General In Key State Withheld Evidence Debunking 2020 Election Fraud

Feb. 22, 2023


"The former attorney general of Arizona, Mark Brnovich, failed to release documents that showed his office’s investigation into the 2020 election did not find evidence of widespread fraud in the state’s most populous county. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Brnovich would not turn over public records that detailed his investigators’ findings. His successor, the Democratic attorney general Kris Mayes, released the records, which showed several reports that debunked rampant claims of election problems in Maricopa county. Brnovich, a Republican, was running for US Senate in 2022 while his office oversaw an investigation into the 2020 election. He released two reports related to the work – one that showed just one example of a dead person voting and one “interim report” that made nebulous, unfounded criticisms of the county’s elections. But the unreleased reports show Brnovich’s investigators did not agree with some assertions he made publicly, such as that the county did not follow proper signature verification procedures or that the county had not been responsive to his requests for information."

Gov. Hobbs Calls For Investigation Into Former Attorney General Mark Brnovich
"Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs is asking the State Bar to investigate former Attorney General Mark Brnovich. The move follows reports that Brnovich concealed records that could have debunked claims about widespread election fraud. In a letter sent to the state bar on Friday, an attorney for Hobbs accused Brnovich of “unethical conduct” that threatened “our democracy, our state, and the legal profession itself.” According to reports, numerous ethics complaints have now been filed this week against Brnovich for his handling of the 2020 elections. The State Bar of Arizona has confirmed there are currently eight complaints filed against the former attorney general."
Feb. 25, 2023
Arizona’s Top Prosecutor Concealed Records Debunking Election Fraud Claims
"Nearly a year after the 2020 election, Arizona’s then-attorney general Mark Brnovich launched an investigation into voting in the state’s largest county that quickly consumed more than 10,000 hours of his staff’s time. Investigators prepared a report in March 2022 stating that virtually all claims of error and malfeasance were unfounded, according to internal documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Brnovich, a Republican, kept it private. In April, the attorney general — who was running in the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat — released an “Interim Report” claiming that his office had discovered “serious vulnerabilities.” He left out edits from his own investigators refuting his assertions. His office then compiled an “Election Review Summary” in September that systematically refuted accusations of widespread fraud and made clear that none of the complaining parties — from state lawmakers to self-styled “election integrity” groups — had presented any evidence to support their claims. Brnovich left office last month without releasing the summary." [...] "The records show how Brnovich used his office to further claims about voting in Maricopa County that his own staff considered inaccurate. They suggest that his administration privately disregarded fact-checks provided by state investigators while publicly promoting incomplete accounts of the office’s work. The innuendo and inaccuracies, circulated not just in the far reaches of the internet but with the imprimatur of the state’s attorney general, helped make Arizona an epicenter of distrust in the democratic process, eroding confidence not just in the 2020 vote but in subsequent elections."
Feb. 22, 2023
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: U.S. Senate
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
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.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Arizona Attorney General Using Consumer Fraud Funds For Politically Charged Legal Fights
"In Arizona, defending consumers from scams and rip-offs falls to the office of Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Arizona’s Family investigators poured through years of budget records for the Attorney General’s office. The investigation found that Brnovich’s office has increasingly diverted funds earmarked for consumer protection to pay for legal battles that have nothing to do with consumer fraud."
Apr. 28, 2022

McGuire Calls On Brnovich To Release Records Related Bar Complaints

Feb. 7, 2022

"Former Arizona National Guard leader Michael "Mick" McGuire is calling on state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, his U.S. Senate campaign rival, to make public records tied to an investigation of Brnovich and his attorneys stemming from a State Bar of Arizona investigation.
“The public has a right to know, one, about the specific ethical violations, two, what were the findings of the investigation and three, what diversion or rehabilitation training has been accepted,” McGuire, a retired Air Force major general, said Monday.
Brnovich’s office cast the resolutions as a “victory” on Friday. A spokesperson for the office did not immediately respond to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment. A spokesperson for the State Bar said in an email Monday the matter “has concluded” and there are no publicly available records."

It's Brnovich vs. The World
"It's easy to run for office when you're already in office … We're getting the legislative band back together … And he's attempting a Hulk Hogan impression. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich seems to grab daily headlines lately. We’re sure it’s just a coincidence for the AG who’s running for U.S. Senate." [...] "his allies in the Arizona Legislature filed a bill to help him out with the State Bar of Arizona complaints he’s facing from Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and the Arizona Board of Regents, Capitol Media Services’ Howie Fischer reports. Sen. Vince Leach’s Senate Bill 1566 would install penalties for people who make Bar complaints that don’t result in discipline."
Feb. 1, 2022

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Turns A Blind Eye To Fake Trump Electors
"Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is no longer attorney general. By his actions, anyway. For example, he is choosing not investigate the fake presidential electors from Arizona who fraudulently claimed they were valid electors, hoping to subvert the constitutional work of the Electoral College and overturn the outcome of a duly certified election. Why? Because he is running for the U.S. Senate. And while Brnovich ignores traitors, he indulges the whims of Republicans in the state Legislature by having his office investigate what we know to be completely debunked election fraud. Why? Because he is running for U.S. Senate."
Jan. 24, 2022

Ethics Investigation Of Brnovich Could Alter Election Laws In Arizona

"A bitter behind-the scenes battle between Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Attorney General Mark Brnovich could change election laws in Arizona.
Hobbs filed sweeping ethics complaints to the State Bar of Arizona in 2020 accusing Brnovich and several of his top attorneys of sabotaging election-related cases and misrepresenting her office.
More than 14 months later, the agency responsible for licensing and regulating attorneys is still asking questions and seeking records. The allegations of misconduct include conflicts of interest, improperly using confidential information and publicly maligning election officials."

Dec. 20, 2021, Source

Arizona AG Asks Reporter If They Have STD Rather Than Answer If He Has Gotten COVID Vaccine
"Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked a reporter if they had an STD rather than answer if he has received the COVID vaccine at a news conference with leaders of Phoenix police and firefighter unions. A reporter asked Brnovich, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, the question when his press secretary called the question "inappropriate." Brnovich then waved her off and asked the reporter, "Have you had an STD?""
Nov. 22, 2021
AZ-Sen: Surprising No One, AZ's Attorney General Busted On Tape As An Anti-Vaxxer Idiot
Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is also a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, appeared to cast doubt on COVID-19 vaccines in an audio recording obtained by Arizona's Family."If you can get COVID after you've had the vaccine and you can still spread it, then what's the point of the vaccine," Brnovich told a packed room of Republicans last week.
Sep. 22, 2021
AG Brnovich Spits In Faces Of Maricopa Residents To Please Trump
"Brnovich recently threatened to gut $676 million in state funding for Maricopa County unless they turn over their residents’ private information – including social security numbers – to the untrustworthy Cyber Ninjas for the “audit.”"
Sep. 15, 2021
Mark Brnovich Has Transformed The AG's Office Into His Senate Campaign Office
"Nothing is more transparent than an attorney general who blatantly uses the power of his office as a campaign ad."
Sep. 8, 2021
Will Congress Do Attorney General Mark Brnovich's Job And Probe Arizona's Sham Audit?
"Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich seems to have decided that the best use of his office is not to serve as the chief law enforcement agency in the state but as his U.S. Senate campaign launching pad."
Jul. 15, 2021
There Will Be Winners And Losers When Arizona's Election Audit Ends. Here Are A Few

LOSER: Mark Brnovich

"Arizona’s attorney general early on dismissed the various conspiracy theories surrounding Joe Biden’s win in Arizona. Now, he’s running for the Senate but his support of the audit has been tepid, at best. Donald Trump has noticed.
“He (Brnovich) is always on television promoting himself, but never mentions the Crime of the Century, that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, which was Rigged and Stolen,” Trump complained in late May. “Arizona was a big part and Brnovich must put himself in gear, or no Arizona Republican will vote for him in the upcoming elections. They will never forget, and neither will the great Patriots of our Nation!”
Brnovich has since chased Trump’s approval by sending a strongly worded letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, warning the Department of Justice to stay out of Arizona’s audit. But it’s dicey to think Trump will consider that sufficient to battle “the Crime of the Century”.
Brnovich may be the Republicans’ best shot at unseating Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, but first he’s got to get out of a Republican primary. "

Jun. 22, 2021

Mark Brnovich Does Not Think (Surprise) That The Justice Department Should Investigate The Arizona Sham Audit
"Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the one that tried to take your health insurance away until the United States Supreme Court stopped him yesterday, is trying to make nice with the Trump Zone Cult base after he would not subscribe to their world view about the November 2020 Presidential election. [...] In trying to get on their good side again, the aspiring 2020 Republican Senate Candidate wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, in his best attempt to sound like the child of Wendy Rogers and Mark Finchem, demanding that the Justice Department refrain from investigating the Maricopa County Sham Audit."
Jun. 18, 2021
How Arizona’s Attorney General Is Weaponizing Climate Fears To Keep Out Immigrants
May 1, 2021
Mark Brnovich's Transformation From Independent Arizona AG To Partisan Hack Is Complete
Mar. 16, 2021
Attorney General Mark Brnovich Fights To Uphold Arizona's Voter Suppression Law
"You’d think that politicians in a democracy would want more people to vote. Nope."
Feb. 12, 2020
Judge Orders Attorney General To Pay $1M In Legal Fees To Regents
“Please let the good people of Arizona know about how their taxpayer dollars are being put to work by the attorney general for yet another failed lawsuit,” wrote ASU spokeswoman Katie Paquet"
Feb. 7, 2020
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Signs On To Pres. Trump's Plan To End DACA
Sep. 3, 2019

May 13, 2019, Source                             

Arizona AG Wants Court To Block Phoenix Anti-Discrimination Law Against Business
Dec. 27, 2018
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Cheers Court Decision, Explains Why He Wants To End 'Obamacare
Dec. 20, 2018
Democratic Challenger: Arizona AGl Mark Brnovich Sides With Special Interests
Oct. 11, 2018

Oct. 3, 2018, Source                             

AG Mark Brnovich Swoops In To Help APS In Fight Against Prop. 127
Sep. 18, 2018
A.G. Mark Brnovich Is Shocked! Shocked! To Hear About Charter School Profiteering. (Does That Make Him The Education A.G.?)
Sep. 7, 2018
Brnovich Creates Political Game Over ABOR Tuition
Mar. 23, 2018
Arizona Joins 20-State Coalition Seeking To End 'Obamacare'
Feb. 27, 2018
Arizona Attorney General Makes Last Effort To Deny Licenses To Dreamers
Feb. 17, 2018
What Does Mark Brnovich Have Against The Disabled?
"Courts have repeatedly slapped down the Arizona attorney general's efforts to fight the rights of the disabled. Why is he still at it?"
Dec. 19, 2017
AG Mark Brnovich Creates A ‘Straw Man’ For Our Lawless Tea-Publican Legislature On Higher Ed Funding
Sep. 9, 2017
Arizona Lawmakers Weigh In On Case Pitting Gay Rights, Religious Rights
Sep. 9, 2017
Former Special Agent Tells Arizona Supreme Court Of Brnovich Corruption
May 19, 2016
APS Spent HOW MUCH To Get Mark Brnovich Elected AG?
Dec. 5, 2014
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: Attorney General
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: 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
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
The NOT Tom Horne Candidate Appears To Be Worse Than Tom Horne
"Mark Brnovich, AKA the NOT Tom Horne Republican candidate for AZ Attorney General is a Goldwater Institute and Tea Party guy who filed to run against Tom Horne over a year ago as a protest candidate back when no one thought Horne, with all his money, was vulnerable in a primary. Republicans knew that Horne would have a lot of baggage going up against Felecia Rotellini again but didn’t bother to recruit a less ragingly right wing back-up candidate just in case, you know, more damning revelations came out about Horne. Oops. Now, NOT Tom Horne’s supporters are working furiously to portray him as a mainstream guy who is totally not Tea Party."
Sep. 9, 2014
Arizona Political Candidates Hobnob With Cliven Bundy At GOP Picnic
Aug. 22, 2014
Brnovichs' Campaign Ads Violate Code Of Conduct
Feb. 5, 2014
Gambling Department Director Named By Governor Jan Brewer: Mark Brnovich, Legal Scholar
Mar. 31, 2009

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