Katie Hobbs admits she ‘signed off’ on dark-money inauguration

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs admitted on television this week that she did, in fact, “sign off” on the dark-money apparatus that secretly funded her inaugural events.

During an interview on “Sunday Square Off,” 12 News anchor Brahm Resnik wondered whether it was “a mistake to pay for the ceremonies using a dark money fund that does not disclose how much each donor paid” and asked for clarity about her role: “Did you sign off on this?”

“Yes,” Hobbs answered, prompting a surprised response from the anchor: “You did?”

Realizing her admission, Hobbs insisted that “this is — this is totally a different — it’s a different issue. You’re talking about apples and oranges” before asking Resnik to change the subject: “I’d really love to talk with you about the priorities of administration” instead of this.

StopKatieHobbs.com revealed the existence of two 501(c) entities connected to the Democrat’s campaign and inauguration a few days before her 12 News interview. Later that week, a panel of local journalists slammed Hobbs for her lack of transparency around who is “buying influence with the governor.”

Republican Senator T.J. Shope then announced on Friday that the Arizona state legislature may “look into” the inauguration scandal: “We should have the right to know as a citizen what … kind of contributions they’re getting.”