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Pro-recall group’s campaign report provides plenty of ammo for Pearce

The group that spearheaded the effort to oust Senate President Russell Pearce in a recall election raised $141,000.

The contributions included services worth about $44,000 from a lawyer who successfully defended the recall petition.

But the campaign finance report submitted by Citizens for a Better Arizona also provides plenty of fodder for Pearce and his allies who have accused the group of being backed by Leftists and outsiders bent on stopping Arizona’s fight against illegal immigration.

The pro-recall group’s contributors included the Arizona AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, a few prominent Democrats and some immigration lawyers.

Also among its backers are the Arizona Democratic Hispanic Caucus, the Maricopa County Democratic Party and two district level Democratic parties.

Even former senator Rebecca Rios contributed $25 to the recall effort.

But the group maintained that it is a grassroots movement whose core support comes from within the state.

In a news release, the group said more than 90 percents of its contributors come from Arizona while only 8 percent are from out of state.

“The number of people who contributed from Mesa to recall Senator Pearce far outnumbers the contributions Senator Pearce received from his own district when he ran for office in 2010. The message is very clear. Senator Pearce and his brand of politics are too extreme for Arizona,” Parraz said.

Meanwhile, the group that defended Pearce from the recall effort, Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall, raised nearly $73,000.

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