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Brewer plans 2 out-of-state fundraising trips

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer plans to travel to North Carolina and New Mexico next month to help with fundraising efforts for other Republicans.

The governor will serve as the headliner for a Sept. 14 fundraiser held by the Wake County Republican Party in Raleigh, N.C., and will make the keynote speech at a Sept. 27 fundraiser in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Republican Party.

The North Carolina party’s website advertises the fundraiser with the photo of Brewer sticking her finger in President Barack Obama’s face on a Mesa airport tarmac in January 2012.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Brewer hasn’t done much traveling out of state to raise money for fellow Republicans since the 2012 election cycle.

Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said the governor was busy for much of 2013 with the legislative session, which featured a drawn-out battle over her Medicaid expansion proposal and the budget. But when she’s able to accommodate outside GOP groups, she’s happy to help, Wilder said.

“I’m very well received, and I appreciate all their support and encouragement,” Brewer said. “They appreciate what we’ve been able to do here in Arizona. We’ve got a great story to tell.”

While Brewer hasn’t done much fundraising for outside GOP groups lately, she’s been busy raising money for her causes in Arizona. In April, Brewer gave a comedy roast-style speech at an Arizona Republican Party fundraiser where she poked fun at friends and rivals within the party.

The governor’s federal political action committee, Jan PAC, raised $230,000 in the first half of 2012. Brewer is fond of using her clashes with Obama and tough stance on border security as a fundraising tool for the PAC, and often uses her Facebook page to stump for contributions. Her page is replete with tough-on-border-security messages and pictures of her tarmac showdown with Obama.

Democrats are using Jan PAC as a fundraising tool of their own. U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, whose 1st Congressional District seat is a top target for Republicans in 2014, sent out a fundraising email on Aug. 15 reminding supporters that Jan PAC spent nearly $40,000 in her 2012 campaign, and warned that Brewer would use the committee to support her GOP challenger next year as well.


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