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Wil Cardon sued by his siblings, they claim he misused millions of family funds for campaign

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Two years ago businessman Wil Cardon ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He eventually lost to current Senator Jeff Flake but not before spending millions of dollars of his personal wealth on the campaign.

Including bombarding the airwaves with his commercials. He told reports at the time he would not be outspent, and that money was no object.

Now he's running for Arizona Secretary of State, this time in addition to his political opponents he's facing off with his own family.

FOX 10 has learned that Cardon is being sued by his siblings, they say Cardon siphoned family money to finance a lavish lifestyle and fund his political endeavors.

"I'm not a career politician, I have the business skills and conservative republican values we need," said Cardon during an advertisement.

He was unknown in the world of politics. But Will Cardon decided to make a run at the Republican nomination for Senate in 2012.

"Barack Obama and Jeff Flake are wrong on amnesty," said Cardon during an advertisement.

His campaign war chest was filled with millions of his own money that turned him into a contender. But was it his money to spend?

Six of Cardon's seven siblings have filed a lawsuit against him, alleging that he has been misspending the family's trust money for years, including up to 6.5 million on the failed Senate campaign and and an additional $3.2 million to himself this year.

"In business, there are no excuses, Washington just doesn't get it," said Cardon.

Cardon campaign consultant Chris Baker says the lawsuit is spurious and an attempt to weaken Cardon in negotiations with his siblings.


The Cardon family wealth dates back to the 1930's; money made off the oil industry, gas stations, and real estate investments. Will Cardon is in charge of one of the multi-million dollar trusts. Which according to the lawsuit was established for "the benefit of family needs, as well as appropriate religious, charitable, and philanthropic cases."

But the documents allege that Wil Cardon used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, to buy a million-dollar mansion in Mesa, pay credit card bills, and to pay for his 2012 Senate campaign. His siblings allege that he recently transferred more than three million dollars from the trust to his personal account.

"As Arizona Secretary of State, Cardon will defend the integrity of elections," is heard in the ad.

It's not known if any of this money is intended to be used in the race for Secretary of State.

At one point the Cardon's even involved leaders from the Mormon church to try and mediate the ugly fight. That didn't work, and it resulted in a bitter legal battle that is unfolding in the middle of his campaign for Secretary of State.

FOX 10 asked Cardon for an interview he refused. Instead, his campaign sent a statement that reads: "The frivolous lawsuit filed by Wil's siblings is baseless and is nothing more than a desperate moneygrab and they know it. Unfortunately his siblings, driven by nothing more than greed, have decided that after over a decade and a half  of Wil running the family business very profitably and exactly in accordance with written agreements, that they want to rewrite that agreement for their own financial gain despite contributing nothing to the business. Wil intends to strongly fight this frivolous lawsuit and fully expects to prevail."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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