David Schweikert forced to pay $125,000 fine from the Federal Election Commission.

BREAKING: David Schweikert forced to pay $125,000 fine from the Federal Election Commission.

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Date: February 11, 2021

February 11, 2022 (Scottsdale, AZ)- Today, the Federal Election Commission fined Congressman David Schweikert $125,000 for “knowingly and willfully converting campaign funds for personal use” and a stack of campaign finance violations.
 
This fine confirms what we already know to be true, David Schweikert has failed to represent his district, and continually brings shame upon Arizona. In 2020, self-described “fiscal hero” David Schweikert was unanimously Reprimanded by every Republican and every Democrat and paid a $50,000 fine after the House Ethics Committee released findings that Schweikert committed 11 ethics violations. These crimes included defrauding a bank, money laundering through his campaign account, and more than half a million dollars in “missing” funds. Now in 2022, the Federal Election Commission condemns him for his continued deliberate campaign abuse over many years, spanning multiple election cycles.
 
“David Schweikert’s repeated violations have become a sideshow and embarrassment to the citizens of the district. David is a disgrace and embarrassment to our district. There is nothing conservative about corruption, Arizona deserves better. I call on David Schweikert’s immediate resignation from Congress.” Said Elijah Norton, who is running to replace David Schweikert in this year’s Republican Primary election.
 
Elijah is available for interviews upon request.
 
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February 11, 2022 (Scottsdale, AZ)- Today, the Federal Election Commission fined Congressman David Schweikert $125,000 for “knowingly and willfully converting campaign funds for personal use” and a stack of campaign finance violations.
 
This fine confirms what we already know to be true, David Schweikert has failed to represent his district, and continually brings shame upon Arizona. In 2020, self-described “fiscal hero” David Schweikert was unanimously Reprimanded by every Republican and every Democrat and paid a $50,000 fine after the House Ethics Committee released findings that Schweikert committed 11 ethics violations. These crimes included defrauding a bank, money laundering through his campaign account, and more than half a million dollars in “missing” funds. Now in 2022, the Federal Election Commission condemns him for his continued deliberate campaign abuse over many years, spanning multiple election cycles.
 
“David Schweikert’s repeated violations have become a sideshow and embarrassment to the citizens of the district. David is a disgrace and embarrassment to our district. There is nothing conservative about corruption, Arizona deserves better. I call on David Schweikert’s immediate resignation from Congress.” Said Elijah Norton, who is running to replace David Schweikert in this year’s Republican Primary election.
 
Elijah is available for interviews upon request.
 
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Here are the candidates running in Arizona’s new 1st Congressional District

Here are the candidates running in Arizona's new 1st Congressional District

Melissa Estrada, Arizona Republic

Date: February 2, 2022

Arizona’s new 1st Congressional District covers parts of Maricopa County, along with Salt River and Fort McDowell Yavapai National tribal reservations. This district covers Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek and Fountain Hills.

Prior to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s final redistricting draft, most of the area was Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.

Arizona has nine congressional districts, each with a member of the House of Representatives who serves two-year terms with no term limits. Incumbent Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., is running for a seventh term in Washington.

Here are the major candidates running for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District:

Republican
Elijah Norton

Phoenix insurance executive Elijah Norton is considering a run for Congress as a Republican challenge to Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.
Elijah Norton is the founder and owner of a vehicle insurance company located in Phoenix.

Norton emphasizes his conservative credentials and argues that voters deserve better than the 11 House ethics violations Schweikert piled up over office and campaign spending.

In Norton’s campaign launch video, he stated that he is running to “replace” current 1st Congressional district congressman.

Immigration is a starred campaign issue listed on Norton’s website. Under the issue of immigration, Norton adds that he will fight for funding to complete the border wall along with technologies to reduce border crossings.

Some of the other issues listed on his campaign website are: market-based health system, strengthening election security by ensuring the voter roll remains updated and current, free-market capitalism, tougher policies against China, and banning critical race theory.

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Aiming to unseat Rep. David Schweikert, Elijah Norton runs for Congress

Aiming to unseat Rep. David Schweikert, Elijah Norton runs for Congress

Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona Republic
Date: July 30, 2021

Republican businessman Elijah Norton has decided to challenge Rep. David Schweikert in a GOP primary expected to focus on ethics, experience and conservative credentials.

Norton, 31, enters the race as a wealthy executive who has headed a pair of vehicle-warranty businesses and is relatively new to Arizona, especially to Schweikert’s Scottsdale-based 6th Congressional District. He had formed in May an exploratory committee considering a run.

Speaking from his new residence in Scottsdale, the Missouri native who has had several homes in the Phoenix area made his argument for Congress.

Republican businessman Elijah Norton has decided to challenge Rep. David Schweikert in a GOP primary expected to focus on ethics, experience and conservative credentials.

Norton, 31, enters the race as a wealthy executive who has headed a pair of vehicle-warranty businesses and is relatively new to Arizona, especially to Schweikert’s Scottsdale-based 6th Congressional District. He had formed in May an exploratory committee considering a run.

Speaking from his new residence in Scottsdale, the Missouri native who has had several homes in the Phoenix area made his argument for Congress.

Norton advocates a crackdown on what he called “a border crisis that has basically happened overnight since Joe Biden has taken office” and making permanent the corporate tax cuts passed under former President Donald Trump. Those tax cuts had the input and support from Schweikert, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

Norton also sees China as the biggest threat to the U.S. since the Soviet Union, but it is the ethics case against Schweikert, R-Ariz., that is the real pillar of Norton’s campaign.


“First and foremost, he wasted taxpayer dollars and that was part of the report. That’s our money that we paid him that he’s wasted and he’s illegally used those monies, so that affects people directly,” Norton said.


“But people are looking for people to represent them honestly in Congress and are in Congress for the right reasons. They’re there to represent the people, there to serve the people. David is there to serve himself.”


The House of Representatives reprimanded Schweikert last year for 11 ethics rules violations for improper spending by his office and his campaign. He was fined $50,000 as part of a settlement agreement to end the years-long probe.

“I think it’s interesting that a ‘math geek’ lied on (a Federal Elections Commission) report,” Norton said. “I pride myself on actually looking at my taxes.

For Schweikert, Norton could present a challenge he hasn’t faced since 2012, when Schweikert defeated then-Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., in a GOP primary after the two congressional freshmen went head to headin the same district.

Chris Baker, a consultant to Schweikert’s campaign, said Norton “is not a serious candidate,” while Schweikert continues “to have a lot of support from people who know his record, like what he’s done and like having him as their congressman.”

“It’s a free country. If people want to try their political fate against David, they’re welcome to do so,” Baker said. “But the fate will be the same as it was for Ben Quayle, as it was for his primary challengers in 2010 and 2008.”

Norton is the founder and president of Phoenix-based Veritas Global Protection, which provides vehicle-service contracts and warranties.

Schweikert, who is seeking a seventh term in Washington, has noted that Norton is new to the northeast Valley and has only lived in Arizona for about four years.

Norton said a fearful flight that grounded him in Phoenix introduced him to the Valley.

“My plane encountered severe turbulence. It was the worst plane flight I’ve ever been on in my entire life, and I’ve been on a lot of plane flights,” he said.

“We circled Phoenix for about an hour. People were screaming on the plane. I was afraid I was going to crash. We ended up stopping overnight in Phoenix.”

He used the time to explore Scottsdale on the recommendation of a friend and business partner.

“There was a very pro-business climate here. Tax rates are low, very low regulation. It’s a great place to start a business,” he said. “So I opened a second office and I bought a second home right here in downtown Scottsdale, and I just immediately fell in love with it.”

Norton is the founder and president of Phoenix-based Veritas Global Protection, which provides vehicle-service contracts and warranties.

Schweikert, who is seeking a seventh term in Washington, has noted that Norton is new to the northeast Valley and has only lived in Arizona for about four years.

Norton said a fearful flight that grounded him in Phoenix introduced him to the Valley.

“My plane encountered severe turbulence. It was the worst plane flight I’ve ever been on in my entire life, and I’ve been on a lot of plane flights,” he said.

“We circled Phoenix for about an hour. People were screaming on the plane. I was afraid I was going to crash. We ended up stopping overnight in Phoenix.”

He used the time to explore Scottsdale on the recommendation of a friend and business partner.

“There was a very pro-business climate here. Tax rates are low, very low regulation. It’s a great place to start a business,” he said. “So I opened a second office and I bought a second home right here in downtown Scottsdale, and I just immediately fell in love with it.”

Norton is new to politics as a candidate, but has been a prominent donor to conservative candidates, including his opponent, Schweikert.

He also supported Trump, former Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and a political action committee aiding both of Georgia’s GOP candidates in December.

FEC records show he gave more than $153,000 in the 2020 election cycle alone.
Schweikert hasn’t had a primary opponent since 2016, when he defeated Russ Wittenberg by 60 percentage points.

The 6th Congressional District is Arizona’s wealthiest and is among the more affluent in the nation.

It runs from Cave Creek and Carefree south to the Salt River Reservation near Tempe. It stretches from Deer Valley east to Fort McDowell and includes Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

All of the state’s House districts will be redrawn before the 2022 elections, and it is uncertain how closely any of them will maintain their current shapes.