Progressive Democrat accuses Sinema of being funded by ‘deep-pocketed lobbyists’ despite his own industry ties

FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a progressive Democrat running for the US Senate, accuses Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, his potential 2024 rival, of being funded by “wealthy lobbyists” despite his own connections to Washington. DC, lobbying industry.

Fox News Digital obtained a fundraising text sent by Gallego, who threw his hat in the 2024 Arizona Senate race last week, in which he slammed Sinema despite not yet announcing whether he will run for re-election.

“Here’s Ruben Gallego, and I’m in. I’m running against Kyrsten Sinema for US Senate. Why? Because Sinema has chosen to use her power to protect the already powerful, rather than use it for the people it’s supposed to serve.” Gallego said in the text.

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Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz.
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“I’m running for all of us, and I want us to win as a united team. But it will take more than determination to defeat Sinema and the wealthy lobbyists who finance her campaign,” he added.

Gallego, however, has his own ties to the lobbying industry, some of which appear destined to benefit his campaign in the coming weeks and months, according to his own campaign materials obtained by Fox.

A campaign event flyer asks potential big-money donors to attend a reception with Gallego scheduled for February 28 in Washington and hosted by prominent Democratic lobbyists Matt Gorman, Patrick Gorman and Mike Lux.

Suggested contributions to attend the reception range from $500 as a “supporter,” $1,000 as a “friend,” and $2,900 as a “sponsor.”

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A campaign flyer from the Senate campaign of Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., advertises a fundraiser with prominent Democratic lobbyists.

A campaign flyer from the Senate campaign of Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., advertises a fundraiser with prominent Democratic lobbyists.
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According to data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Gallego also received money from lobbying groups and political action committees (PACs) of corporations that are active in lobbying activities in Washington. These include the lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and PACs associated with Amazon.com Inc. and Amgen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company.

Each recently gave money to his congressional re-election campaign in the weeks leading up to last year’s midterm elections. FEC data for Gallego’s Senate campaign is not yet available.

Additionally, Gallego’s wife, Sydney Barron Gallego, works as a lobbyist for the National Association of Realtors in Washington and has previously worked in various finance functions for multiple Democratic organizations and campaigns.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., speaks at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event on November 18, 2022 in Washington, DC

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., speaks at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event on November 18, 2022 in Washington, DC
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Fox reached out to Gallego’s campaign for comment but did not receive a response.

Sinema, who left the Democratic Party last year to become an independent, also received money from various lobbying groups and PAC corporations that are active in lobbying activities.

He has faced criticism from the left for receiving large amounts of contributions from lobbyists and business executives, especially from the pharmaceutical industry, while also opposing his former party’s drug pricing bill in 2021.

Sinema also did not respond to Fox’s request for comment.

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If she decides to run for re-election, Sinema would not face Gallego unless she won the yet-to-be-scheduled Democratic primary and headed to the general election.

He is also likely to face a Republican challenger, although neither candidate has publicly stated their intention to run. Former Senate candidate Blake Masters and former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake have been floated as potential challengers.

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