Mark Finchem

 

 
Mark W. Finchem is an American far-right politician serving as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing District 11 since January 5, 2015. He is the Arizona Coordinator for the Coalition of Western States, an organization that opposes the activities of the Bureau of Land Management and supported the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Finchem is a member of the militia group Oath Keepers and has espoused the QAnon conspiracy theory. He is a candidate in the 2022 race to become Secretary of State of Arizona. As of 2016, Finchem was Arizona Coordinator of the Coalition of Western States (COWS), a group founded by Washington state representative Matt Shea in 2014 to support Cliven Bundy and his family in their confrontation with law enforcement, which also supported the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League described COWS as motivated by "anti-government extremism and anti-public lands extremism", and said that Finchem's membership indicated he shared extremist views. Following the 2020 United States presidential election, Finchem supported the "Stop the Steal" movement which falsely claimed that Donald Trump won the election nationally and in Arizona. In 2021, Finchem shared on social media a "report" falsely claiming to have uncovered tens of thousands of missing or lost votes, and tens of thousands of votes fraudulently cast, in Maricopa County, Arizona. The report was based on extrapolations from a non-random sample of a much smaller number of voters and was rejected by county elections officials and political scientists. Finchem traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in the January 6, 2021, protest that was followed by an attack on the U.S. Capitol. He said there was "substantial evidence that this election was a fraud" and tweeted photographs of protestors massed on the steps of the Capitol building. Finchem later claimed that leftists had instigated the violence. A coalition of community organizations subsequently called for the expulsion of Finchem and six other Arizona Republican lawmakers who advocated overturning the 2020 election. In response to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) briefing that said antifa groups were not involved in the attack on the Capitol, Finchem said he did not "trust a word that comes out of the FBI's mouth" Finchem then called for the Arizona legislature to appoint presidential electors of its own choosing.

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Leaked Emails: How Mark Finchem Went From State Lawmaker To Conspiracy Czar
"Finchem, a Tucson Republican, didn't used to be a conspiracy theorist. Then he received an email, one week after the 2020 general election, that sent him tumbling down the Big Lie rabbit hole. He became so convinced that the sanctity of Arizona’s elections has been thoroughly deflowered, he even doubled down and called fraud on his own win in the 2020 general election, according to emails leaked to Phoenix New Times."
Jul. 29, 2022
Mark Finchem & Wendy Rogers Are 'Honored' To Be Endorsed By Gab Founder, A Prominent Antisemite
Two Arizona Republicans are trumpeting an endorsement from Andrew Torba, the CEO of far-right social media platform Gab, who said earlier this month that Jewish people aren’t welcome on Gab — and should be exiled from the conservative movement altogether.
Jul. 29, 2022
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: Secretary of State
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.
There Are Clear Choices For Arizona Secretary Of State. Here's A Guide To Help You Choose
"Two of the four Republicans – state Reps. Mark Finchem and Shawnna Bolick – said had they been the secretary of state in 2020, they would not have certified the election showing a narrow Joe Biden victory over Donald Trump. Even if the law calls for it. The two were among a group of GOP lawmakers who signed on to asking that an alternate slate of electors for Trump be accepted instead, or for all the electoral votes to be nullified until an audit could be done."
Jul. 2, 2022
How A Trump Ally Got His Unfounded Voting-Machine Audit Push In Front Of Federal Cyber Agency
"Donald Trump’s top pick to administer Arizona elections in 2024 is more than a garden-variety backer — he played a little-known but notable role in bolstering the former president’s push to subvert the 2020 ballot."
Apr. 12, 2022
3 Arizona GOP Lawmakers Face Political Candidate Disqualification Trials For Alleged Jan. 6 Ties
"The plaintiffs must prove the lawmakers either participated in an insurrection or aided insurrectionists per section three of the 14th Amendment."
Apr. 7, 2022

 

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    from Sports Designated for Females  
HB 2706 - Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports Designated for Females
Highlights:
 

Requires any interscholastic or intramural athletic team or sport sponsored by
    an educational institution in Arizona to be designated by one of the following based
    biological sex
 

 

  Males. men, or boys;
      Females. women or girls; or
      Coed or mixed-sex.

As Defamation Case Goes To Trial, Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem Fundraises For False Election Claims

Mar. 1, 2022

 

Rep. Mark Finchem is busy fundraising, and not just for his campaign for Arizona secretary of state.

 
The Oro Valley Republican has three active fundraising accounts to deal with legal challenges and costs associated with his assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, despite numerous audits that have found no such evidence.
 
The fundraising appeals tie into the theme of his bid to become Arizona's top elections official, but they are separate from the ongoing campaign for the GOP nomination for secretary of state. In his campaign pitches, Finchem talks about broken election procedures and repeats the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Trump.
 
Finchem raised $663,000 in 2021 for his campaign. He cannot use those dollars to fund the legal and other expenses he has incurred while pressing the "Stop the Steal" narrative, leading to the separate accounts on a crowdfunding website.
 
One of those accounts seeks contributions to help him press a defamation case that he, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar and former Arizona state representative Anthony Kern filed against a former state Democratic leader. It goes to trial this week in Yuma County Superior Court . . .
Shame On Every Republican Who Voted To Sabotage Arizona's Schools
"It’s not surprising that our leaders finally broke down and agreed to allow the public schools to spend money that’s already sitting in their bank accounts – money the Legislature appropriated last June. What is stunning is that 20 Republicans – 14 in the House and six in the Senate – actually voted to stiff the schools and to heck with the impact on the one million Arizona children who attend them."
Feb. 22, 2022
Congressional Committee Demands Communications From Alt-Right AZ GOP Lawmaker
"But before he [Finchem] can give his full attention to the statewide campaign bid, he must comply with a demand from the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack to turn over his personal communication documents. Finchem, who falsely declared himself an elector for defeated President Donald Trump, posted on social media recently, “They paint me as a threat to democracy.”"
Feb. 19, 2022
Trump's Pick For Arizona Secretary Of State Suggested Covid Didn't Exist And Called Vaccine A 'Crime Against Humanity'
"Mark Finchem, the Arizona secretary of state candidate backed by former President Donald Trump, spread dangerous misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic on social media, calling the vaccine a "crime against humanity," implying it was a "bio-weapon" and sharing an article last August that suggested Covid-19 did not exist in the Canadian province of Alberta. [...] In August 2021, Finchem shared a story riddled with misinformation on the coronavirus and vaccine on the platform Gab -- a social media network popular with conservatives, the alt-right and some extremists -- writing, "It ain't a vaccine!!! Call it what it is, a crime against humanity."
Feb. 16, 2022
Finchem, Ward Subpoenaed By Congress Over Trump Efforts To Overturn Election
"Two Arizona Republicans are among six people issued subpoenas Tuesday by the House Jan. 6 Committee, with state Rep. Mark Finchem and state GOP Chair Kelli Ward told to turn over documents and appear for depositions next month. The individuals included in the latest batch of subpoenas for records and interviews were reportedly among the Donald Trump supporters involved in sending slates of so-called "alternate electors" to Congress to be included in the electoral votes cast for president in the 2020 election. Finchem, a member of the state House from Oro Valley, is running in the Republican primary to be Arizona secretary of state — the office that oversees elections. Ward, who served a single term in the state Senate before twice unsuccessfully seeking the nod from GOP voters in U.S. Senate primaries, has been the chair of the state Republican Party since 2019. Both Finchem and Ward have been outspoken Trump supporters and backed the drawn-out and bumbling "audit" of the election in Maricopa County, hewing to the conspiracist line that the election was "stolen" from the former president. The phone records of Ward and her husband were already subpoenaed earlier this month by the committee. They filed suit to block those documents from being turned over."
Feb. 15, 2022
 
Arizona House Bill To “Decertify” 2020 Results “Could Effectively Recall The Biden Electors.”
 
"Former President Donald Trump and his allies have cheered a resolution by a Republican Arizona state lawmaker to decertify the 2020 election won by Joe Biden — a proposal that has no legal merit and isn’t going anywhere. "Arizona House bill would decertify three counties in Arizona," said a Feb. 8 Facebook post by David J. Harris, a conservative commentator. The post links to an article on his website that says that if the resolution passes, "it could effectively recall the Biden electors." He’s wrong. The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) The resolution he’s talking about was authored by State Rep. Mark Finchem. Trump, who has endorsed Finchem as a candidate for Arizona secretary of state, declared the resolution "big news in Arizona!" But it’s just wishful thinking by people who see political gain in rehashing the falsehood that Biden’s victory was the result of voter fraud."
Feb. 11, 2022
Rep. Finchem's Bill To Decertify Arizona's Election Is More About 2022 Than 2020
"Republican Rep. Mark Finchem’s House Concurrent Resolution 2033 reads like a seven-page laundry list of imagined grievances and debunked conspiracy theories, topped off by a fantasy belief that the Arizona Legislature somehow has the power to decertify the results of the election in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties and recall the state’s 2020 presidential electors.
The real ones, I mean. Not the phony electors put forth by the state GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward and what could be her fellow co-conspirators."
Jan. 8, 2022
Arizona Lawmakers Try To Decertify 2020 Election Results From 3 Counties
State Rep. Mark Finchem, who is running for secretary of state, filed HCR 2033 on Monday, which says that is it is the "justifiable position of the Arizona State Legislature that we set aside the results of the Maricopa, Pima and Yuma County elections as irredeemably compromised and reclaim the 2020 Presidential Electors."
Feb. 7, 2022

 

HB 2706 - Vote to pass a bill that prohibits transgender female students from participating in school sports, from kindergarten through college, in private and public schools.

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.”"

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"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."

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"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."
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"“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."
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"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."
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"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

Mark Finchem Takes His Traveling Fraud Show To Tucson
"The Desperate Arizona Quest to Uncover a Conspiracy continues on Monday as Rep. Mark Finchem convenes a “hearing” into voter fraud in the state’s 2020 election. This time, he’s delving deep into the details of a 13-month old email. An email from some anonymous guy whose claims already have been investigated and discarded. Told you desperation has set in."
Dec. 13, 2021
4 Arizona Politicians At Heart Of Jan. 6 Events Continue On Same Path
The four Republicans who ... circulated baseless conspiracy theories about a 2020 Donald Trump presidential victory in Arizona and pushed for the Senate's partisan audit of Maricopa County's election results are continuing on the same path more than a year later. [...] U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, and former Representative Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, were at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, encouraging the overturn of election results.
Dec. 8, 2021
Finchem’s Scary Past And Dangerous Future: Why You Should Not Vote Him Secretary Of State
By Jake Dean / Tucson Weekly
 
"Finchem is no stranger to conspiracies and the far-right. In fact, before heading to the Arizona Legislature, he had already joined the Oath Keepers—who played a leading role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the militia group is “founded on the belief that the federal government is part of an evil conspiracy intent on stripping Americans of their natural rights and freedoms.” Its members have encouraged violence in opposition. The founder of Oath Keepers has previously encouraged the murder of elected officials, including in 2015 openly calling for the late Sen. John McCain to be put to death by hanging."

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"He previously served as the Arizona coordinator for the Coalition of Western States—a group of legislators and activists who supported the armed occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. He also signed a letter of support to pardon arsonists who burned federal government land."

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"Following the horrific events of the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, Finchem denied any far-right involvement in the event—claiming that mainstream media was lying and that it was a Deep State PSYOP to construct a political narrative for Democrats. It was not. He also falsely accused contemporary Democrats as being the true members of the Ku Klux Klan who joined the rally."

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"Mark Finchem also parrots far-right conspiracies on vaccines. Sure, Finchem got COVID-19 himself. And yes, his mother lost her decades long battle with cancer soon after contracting the virus. But on his official Twitter in July, he warned President Joe Biden to take his “tweet as Arizona’s statewide ‘no trespassing sign.’ You and your vaccine henchmen have been forewarned.” I am unsure what exactly he is threatening here, but I believe you can read between the lines."
 
"Finchem’s supply of money also comes from the right-wing extremists. One of his leading campaign funders is Daniel Brophy, a Wyoming-based political megadonor and brother of former State Sen. Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix. According to a local legal group, Sen. McGee herself once described her brother as having alt-right political views after he gave money to her political rival. When a woman who has proudly touted her anti-LGBTQ+ bonafides and was painted as a bygone example of the Arizona GOP by English newspaper The Guardian calls you alt-right, I am going to have to take her word for it."
 
"Rep. Finchem also attended the premiere of a “documentary” called The Deep Rig about an alleged conspiracy in the 2020 election. The film featured Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan (who confirmed himself as “Anon” in the movie), former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and other leaders of election conspiracies in Arizona. Finchem supported the film despite the fact that its director has a history of baseless conspiracies—including the dedication of an entire film to the argument that extraterrestrials were the cause of the Sep. 11 attacks on the Twin Towers"

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"Given his evident belief in the conspiracies of the far-right, of course Finchem was at the insurrection on Jan. 6 himself. Despite claiming that he never made it closer than 500 yards to the Capitol building, footage of the event clearly shows the politician in attendance himself. He also tweeted in praise of the insurrectionists. Plus, the prominent “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander identified Finchem as the starting point of the anti-democratic movement in Arizona."
 
"Not only was he there, but he then spread more conspiracies after the fact. In his newsletter following the attack in D.C., he claimed (falsely) that facial recognition technology had identified masses of leftist activists in the crowd. He also accused Antifa of responsibility for violence at the Capitol building, despite having no evidence for such claims. Further, even in the face of proof of him attending the event, he has repeatedly threatened to sue anybody attempting to connect him to the events at the Capitol."

Dec. 2, 2021

‘Constitutional Sheriff’ Richard Mack Endorses Mark Finchem, Oath Keeper, Q-Anon Promoter And Stop The Steal Activist For Arizona Secretary Of State
"Mack, a former Oath Keepers board member and a supporter of the Bundy family’s armed standoff with federal officials, founded the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, which teaches law enforcement officials that “the power of the sheriff even supersedes the powers of the president.”"
Nov. 23, 2021
GOP Legislators Spoke At A QAnon Convention Chock Full Of Conspiracies And Hate
"Four Republican members of Arizona’s state legislature attended a QAnon convention in Las Vegas over the weekend that included speakers from the fringe of the conspiracy world as well as antisemitic imagery."
Oct. 28, 2021
3 Arizona Lawmakers Allegedly Have Ties To Jan. 6 Insurrection
Oct. 8, 2021
GOP lawmakers Will Appear Alongside White Nationalists, Nazi Apologists, At Rally To Support Insurrectionists
"The most recent slate of speakers also includes Republican state legislators Mark Finchem and Wendy Rogers — the former was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and the latter cheered on the violent failed coup on social media — U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon, and congressional candidates Jeff Zink and Eli Crane."
Sep. 23, 2021
Trump Endorses Mark Finchem In Arizona Secretary Of State Race
"In an endorsement statement he issued on Monday, Trump called Finchem "a true warrior" and lauded him for spreading discredited fraud claims about the election."
Sep. 13, 2021
 

About Russell Pearce

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About Paul Gosar

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And yet another conspiracy theory from the highly unstable Right.

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Republican legislators (left to right) Rep. Mark Finchem, Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Sen. Wendy Rogers spoke on Aug. 12, 2021, at Mike Lindell’s “Cyber Symposium.” Photo: Twitter.

GOP Legislators Spread Debunked Claims At Lindell’s ‘Cyber Symposium’
"one of the cybersecurity experts that Lindell hired told the Washington Times that Lindell failed to provide the data he had long promised to deliver. The expert, Josh Merritt, said the data that Lindell did provide cannot prove China hacked the election. “We were handed a turd,” he said."
Aug. 12, 2021
GOP Lawmakers Ask Gov. Ducey To Withhold Funding From School Districts Mandating Masks
Several prominent Arizona Republicans issued a joint letter Wednesday afternoon asking Gov. Doug Ducey to withhold funding and begin legal action against school districts that are not following state laws.
Aug. 11, 2021
BTW, Mr. Finchem has no authority to arrest or interfere with any official.

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QAnon Insurrectionist Haunted By His Past As He Faces Recall — While Running For Higher Office
""Video that emerged on social media this week shows that Finchem was wrong when he said in January he was no closer than 500 yards to the Capitol during the insurrection on Jan. 6. He was much closer," Steller noted. "Another video that emerged this week shows Finchem echoing QAnon talking points about powerful pedophile networks, something he has not normally talked about in public.""
Jun. 3, 2021
Trump Allies Eye Top Election Jobs In Battleground States
"Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, one of the biggest proponents of the controversial election audit in Maricopa County, is vying for the top election official spot currently held by Democrat Katie Hobbs"
May 26, 2021
Arizona Lawmaker Threatens To Sue Constituents For Mentioning He Was At The Capitol Riot
"Lawyers for Finchem sent a letter dated May 5 to Rural Arizonans for Accountability, a group of Arizona residents working to file a petition to recall him, demanding they "immediately cease and desist from publishing and retract all false and defamatory allegations contained in materials that you have published in support of your campaign to recall Rep. Finchem.""
May 14, 2021
Finchem Hopes Audit Will Lead To Reassignment Of Arizona’s Electoral Votes
May 10, 2021

Apr. 30, 2021. Photo: RecallFinchem.com         

Finchem Asks For Donations To Pay Off $15K He Owes For ‘Election Integrity Hearing’
"Republican Rep. Mark Finchem is asking his followers to give him money so he can pay off the $15,500 he spent to host an unofficial election integrity hearing in November."
Apr. 27, 2021
GOP Secretary Of State Candidate Mark Finchem Will Appear On QAnon Talk Show
Apr. 26, 2021
AZ Secretary Of State Candidate And State Rep. Mark Finchem Shares QAnon Propaganda On Gab
Apr. 14, 2021
GOP Secretary Of State Candidate Finchem Accused Of Breaking Campaign Finance Law
Apr. 14, 2021
GOP Rep. Mark Finchem To Run For Arizona Secretary Of State As He Faces Recall Effort Over Voter Fraud Claims
Mar. 29, 2021
Losing Arizona: Is Your Rep. An Insurrectionist?
"More than two months after the insurrection, these lawmakers still hold their elected position and have not been held accountable for their actions despite repeated calls for some to be disciplined or expelled from the legislature."
Mar. 16, 2021
Recall Petition Launched Against Rep. Mark Finchem
Mar. 15, 2021
Rep. Mark Finchem Says He Has Proof Of Arizona Election Fraud. Months Later, He Hasn't Turned It Over
Mar. 12, 2021
Mark Finchem Recall, Arizona House Of Representatives (2021)
Mar. 5, 2021
Finchem’s New Conspiracy Theory: There’s No Evidence Because The Supervisors Destroyed It
Mar. 3, 2021

Feb.2, 2021, Photo: Twitter

Despite Claim, Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem Does Not Have A Fellowship At UA's Law School

Feb. 25, 2021

When Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem authored a paper about why he believed the Legislature had the authority to overturn the results of the presidential election, he described himself as a "legislative fellow in residence" at the University of Arizona's College of Law.
One problem: Finchem, an Oro Valley Republican, does not now and has never held a fellowship at the law school.
The paper was posted on the website of the Pathway Research and Education Corporation, a nonprofit Finchem chairs. He also has recently encouraged supporters to donate to that organization, telling backers in a recent interview with Prescott E-News that he was raising funds "for a potential legal defense" and was "examining litigation" against Democratic lawmakers who had called for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate him.
Finchem is currently a student in the master of legal studies program at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, a spokeswoman said.
But he is not a "legislative fellow in residence at the James E. Rogers School of Law."
"I can confirm that Rep. Finchem does not now hold and has not held a fellowship at the College of Law. He is a Master of Legal Studies student," said Tracy Mueller, a spokeswoman for the school.
The lawmaker does have a fellowship at the University of Arizona's Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, which is not part of the law school, the director of that center said.
When Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem authored a paper about why he believed the Legislature had the authority to overturn the results of the presidential election, he described himself as a "legislative fellow in residence" at the University of Arizona's College of Law.
The Republic first asked Finchem about his work at the school on Feb. 5 as part of an article about the Trump campaign paying a company he controls more than $6,000.
The lawmaker is perhaps the most outspoken legislator among several who have called for overturning the results of the presidential election.
"Arizona started with one man: State Representative Mark Finchem," Ali Alexander, the organizer of the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, said in a video posted by the group Church Militant several days later.
The legislator even traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak at a rally that day against certifying the results of the presidential election. He has denied taking part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol but initially refused a request by The Republic for public records from his travels under the state's government transparency law.
In the legal paper, Finchem argued that the Legislature has the authority to call itself into session and choose the presidential electors.
"It is the plenary authority and obligation of the Legislature to do so," he wrote. "Since this authority and obligation is placed solely upon the Legislature by the highest law of the land, the Legislatures are not impeded by state statutes in fulfilling this duty."
Finchem has since faced an attempted recall campaign and calls for his resignation.

Finchem Broke The Law By Not Disclosing Payment From Trump, Complaint Alleges
Feb. 23, 2021
Congressman Andy Biggs Coordinated Efforts With Mark Finchem Before Capitol Riot
"Text messages show that Congressman Andy Biggs was apparently coordinating with Finchem to gather signatures from Arizona lawmakers who endorsed a slate of fake electors from the state as part of the broader effort to overturn the 2020 election results. It's unknown if that's the same group of fakers who were caught in December sending a letter to the National Archives in Washington D.C. that fraudulently claimed Arizona's electors cast their votes for Trump. The real 11 electors cast their votes a week later for Biden, in accordance with the wishes of a majority of Arizona voters."
Feb. 18, 2021
Finchem Files Ethics Complaint Against All Democrats Over FBI Referral
"Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem filed an ethics complaint against every Democratic member of the Arizona legislature Tuesday for a letter they sent last month asking the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate his and other lawmakers’ alleged roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol"
Feb.17, 2021
Mark Finchem Planned Jan. 6 D.C. Visit With Right-Wing Activist Ali Alexander
Republican Arizona Representative Mark Finchem released text messages on "Tuesday that show him coordinating with Ali Alexander, a prominent conservative activist who helped organize the infamous January 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol that became a deadly riot"
Feb.17, 2021
Mark Finchem Owes $15k For His ‘Election Integrity Hearing,’ And He’s Raising It From Supporters Online
Feb. 16, 2021
Rep. Mark Finchem Is A Clear And Present Danger To All Of Us. Expel Him From Office Now
Feb. 11, 2021
There Wouldn’t Have Been A #StopTheSteal Campaign In Arizona Without Mark Finchem
Feb. 10, 2021
Trump Campaign Paid Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem $6,000 During Effort To Overturn Election Results
Feb. 6, 2021

Feb.2, 2021, Photo: Twitter 

Oddball Oro Valley Lawmaker Abandons Twitter, Embraces Honey Badger As Spirit Totem On Something Called Gab
Jan. 28, 2021
Arizona State Republicans In Washington During Capitol Invasion Refuse To Turn Over Phone Records
"Arizona courts have ruled that records on a public official's private device can be considered a public record if those records relate to public business and the phone was used for a public purpose."
Jan. 26, 2021

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Photo: Twitter

 

HB 2706 - Vote to pass a bill that prohibits transgender female students from participating in school sports, from kindergarten through college, in private and public schools.

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Arizona Republicans Back Texas AG’s Attempt To Overturn Election
"Arizona state Reps. Nancy Barto, Frank Carroll, John Fillmore, Mark Finchem, Travis Grantham, Anthony Kern, Steve Pierce, Bret Roberts and Kelly Townsend, and Sens. Sylvia Allen, Sonny Borrelli, David Gowan and David Livingston signed onto the amicus brief."
Dec. 10, 2020
Finchem's Twitter Account Restricted After He Tweets Claims Of Election Fraud
Dec. 1, 2020
Rep. Mark Finchem Worked With Anti-Government Extremists, Emails Show
"State Representative Mark Finchem served as "Arizona Coordinator" for the Coalition of Western States, a group that supported the infamous armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016."
Oct. 1, 2020
Anti-government Extremist Militia Types Running For The Arizona Legislature
Sep. 6, 2020

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Leach, Finchem, Roberts Prevent County From Protecting Public Health
May 16, 2020
Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day: Mark Finchem
Apr. 13, 2020
As Coronavirus Spreads In Arizona, Some Members Of Legislature Show Less Concern Than Others
Mar. 18, 2020
Arizona Lawmaker Blamed Charlottesville Hate March On ‘Deep State’ And ‘Democrat Mobs’
"The Republican State Leadership Committee has yet to denounce state Rep. Mark Finchem’s comments."
Mar. 25, 2019
From Charlottesville To Oath Keepers, Rep. Mark Finchem Is A Fringe Lawmaker
Mar. 22, 2019
Mark Finchem, The Master Of Condescension
Feb. 18, 2019
Lawmaker 'Inundated' By Angry Parents Over Teacher Advocacy Actually Got Email From 1 Parent
Jan. 22, 2019
Arizona Lawmaker Won’t Say If Bill Would Allow Teachers Who Discuss LGBTQ Issues to Be Fired
Jan. 9, 2019
Bills To Restrict Teachers Reawakens Red For Ed Movement
Jan. 4, 2019
Arizona Lawmaker Lifted Teacher Code Of Ethics From Far-Right Group
Jan. 3, 2019
Proposed Arizona Law Would Fire Teachers If They Talk About LGBTQ Issues In Class
Jan. 2, 2019
Battle Lines Drawn In Arizona Gay Discrimination Case
Dec. 24, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-11
Question 4: 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 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".

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Arizona GOP Lawmaker Retweets Porn Star’s Democrat Theory On Bombs
"A Republican Arizona lawmaker appeared to agree with a former porn star’s suggestion that Democrats were responsible for the wave of mail bombs sent to Democratic targets this week."
Oct. 26, 2018
Letter: Tired Of Mark Finchem
Jul. 27, 2018
AZ’s Worst Legislator: Mark Finchem Is Bad For Schools, Women, And Veterans
Jun. 1, 2018
Rep. Finchem Seeks To Dismantle Arizona Board Of Regents – Kill This Bill
Mar. 23, 2018
Why Did Rep. Mark Finchem Vote Against A Memorial For Arizona Veterans?
Mar. 15, 2018
Arizona ALEC Politicians
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Mar. 15, 2018
Pinal Lawmaker Blames Video Games For School Shootings
Feb. 20, 2018
Committee Approves Measure To Have Lawmakers Make Senate Nominations
"Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, agreed that the state’s U.S. senators pretty much ignore state lawmakers. “I’ve called a number of times to try and get help,’’ he said. “I don’t even get a secretary,’’ Finchem explained. “I get a voicemail that says, ‘We are currently not taking any more messages."
Feb. 15, 2018
Arizona Lawmakers To California: Can We Help You Secede From The Union?
Jan. 17, 2018
Lawmaker Wants 5 YEARS To Prove What We Already Know About Teacher Pay
Jun. 13, 2017
Will Arizona Make Sound Money Great Again? State Moves Closer To Normalizing Gold As Currency
Feb. 6, 2017
The Skinny - Lawyers, Guns and Money
"This gunfight was triggered by a complaint by state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Christian conservative Republican from Oro Valley who asked Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to withhold all of the state-shared revenues that the city receives until the city stops destroying guns and instead starts auctioning them off to gun dealers."
Dec. 22, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-11
Question 4: 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 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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How They Voted: Lawmakers On 'Dark Money' Bill
Apr. 3, 2016
House Reinforces SB 1070 Provisions On Immigration Lawsuits
"The bill by Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley would strip a requirement that residents pay attorney fees if they lose a lawsuit against a state or local government for failing to properly enforce federal immigration law."
Feb. 24, 2016
Arizona House Committee Holds Bill That Would Legalize Nunchucks
Jan. 20, 2016
Bundy-Backing Arizona Repub Floats State Bill To Ignore Obama’s Executive Order On Guns
Jan. 5, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-11
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.

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