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Arizona Legislative campaign finance round-up

Legislative District 25 Senate

Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has far outraised his primary opponent, former Senate President Russell Pearce, taking in about $67,000 in contributions during the first five months of the year.

Pearce, meanwhile, collected a mere $2,800 during the same period, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

The deadline to file the reports was July 2, and they reflect campaign finances through May 31.

Pearce’s campaign finance report initially stated he had more than $116,000 cash on hand, but that figure was incorrect. He actually has about $32,000 – a big chunk of that money came from contributions during his historic recall campaign last year.

His campaign made an error on its report when it entered receiving an $85,016 contribution from the Optometric PAC in December 2010.

But it appeared the campaign mistakenly entered the committee’s ZIP code – 85016 – into the contribution field.

The Pearce campaign later amended the report to reflect the correct amount. In any case, Pearce still has more cash on hand than Worsley.

Worsley reported having nearly $18,000 left in the bank on May 31.

While Worsley’s reports showed he raised much more money than Pearce, the businessman loaned himself $50,000.

Worsley is the founder of the in-flight magazine SkyMall.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Bob Worsley, R-Mesa $66,890 $49,269 $17,620
Russell Pearce, R-Mesa $2,823 $6,756 $31,622


Legislative District 16 Senate

Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, raised nearly $12,000 from January through May this year.

A big chunk of that money — about $10,000 — was a transfer from his old campaign committee.

His previous committee raised money while he was still in Legislative District 25.

Crandall has since moved into Legislative District 16, where he faces a primary contest against Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction.

The Mesa Republican had a little less than $10,000 left in the bank as of May 31.

Fillmore, meanwhile, is running with public financing and already received about $14,000 from the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

All told, Fillmore has received nearly $17,000, including the money he raised to qualify for Clean Elections funding.

Fillmore has about $11,000 cash on hand.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Rich Crandall, R-Mesa $11,576 $1,893 $9,683
John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction* $16,715 $6,760 $10,626
*Fillmore is running with public financing.


Legislative District 13 Senate

Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, also outraised his primary election opponent, Sen. John Nelson, R-Litchfield Park.

Shooter raised nearly $10,000 in the first five months of this year.

Nelson, meanwhile, received only about $2,000 during the same period.

Nelson, however, has previously stockpiled cash and had almost $29,000 in cash balance by January, which is the beginning of the current reporting period.

Nelson also had more cash on hand by May 31 — nearly $27,000.

In addition to what he raised this year, Shooter also had some money at the beginning of this period.

All told, he had nearly $14,000 cash on hand.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Don Shooter, R-Yuma $9,521 $0 $13,855
John Nelson, R-Litchfield Park $2,024 $4,000 26,763


Legislative District 26 Senate

Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, raised a little more than $9,000 in the current reporting period.

The bulk of his money came from individual contributions.

Lewis had about $6,000 cash on hand.

His general election opponent, Democratic Rep. Ed Ableser, is running with public financing.

Ableser’s report, however, did not reflect Clean Elections money.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Jerry Lewis, R- Mesa $9,180 $3,476 $6,218
Ed Ableser, D-Tempe* $1,875 $434 $2,886
*Ableser is running with public financing.


Legislative District 20 Senate

Rep. Kimberly Yee, who is running uncontested in the Republican primary but faces two opponents in the general election, received roughly $6,000 within the first five months of this year.

But Yee’s campaign will be well-oiled in the general election.

She began the year with a $29,000 cash balance. As of May 31, Yee had more than $32,000 in the bank.

Meanwhile, Doug Quelland, the former Republican House member who is running as an independent, raised less than $1,000 for the reporting period.

He loaned his campaign an additional $4,000, boosting his finances to almost $5,000.

But he also quickly burned through much of that amount. By May 31, Quelland only had less than $900 cash on hand.

Democrat Michael Powell, meanwhile, is running with public financing. His campaign finance report, however, didn’t reflect he received money from Clean Elections.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix $5,565 $2,355 $32,222
Doug Quelland, I-Phoenix $4,848 $3,975 $873
Michael Powell, D-Phoenix $250 $0 $250
*Powell is running with public financing.


Legislative District 1 House

The district has three legislative incumbents, including House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden. That means Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, and Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, are presumably fighting for the second seat in the district since many political observers believe Tobin will retain his seat. Fann has gotten out of the gate faster than Klein, raising more from individual contributors and finishing with more cash on hand.

Klein may have technically raised more, $15,736 to Fann’s $12,451, but Klein’s came from her Senate war chest and she spent only $203, all of it for fuel, while Fann spent $2,748. Klein finished the period with $15,532 on hand while Fann finished with $19,294. Tobin raised $20,045 and finished with almost $67,000 in cash.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Andy Tobin, R-Paulden $20,045 $6,578 $66,779
Lori Klein, R-Anthem $15,737 $204 $15,533
Karen Fann, R-Prescott $12,451 $2,748 $19,294


Legislative District 22 House

Rep. Phil Lovas, R-Peoria, who was appointed to the House in the chain reaction that followed the resignation of former Sen. Scott Bundgaard, is outpacing his challengers, including Bundgaard ally Jeanette Dubreil.

Lovas raised more than $30,000 in individual contributions, compared to Dubreil’s $2,520 in total contributions. Dubreil is Bundgaard’s former campaign manager and was one of the finalists to finish out the term of Judy Burges, who was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Bundgaard. But in this race, Dubreil is bringing up the rear in fundraising. Another challenger, David Livingston, raised $11,124, though $10,000 of that came from a personal loan.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Phil Lovas, R-Peoria $34,123 $10,280 $25,963
David Livingston, R-Peoria $11,124 $4,580 $6,544
Jeanette Dubreil, R-Peoria $2,520 $2,078 $442


Legislative District 23 House

Scottsdale school board member Jennifer Petersen wants a seat in the Legislature and she lent her campaign $10,000 to win it. Coupled with individual contributions, Petersen ended the reporting period with more than $14,000 raised. Incumbent Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, raised $11,013 and ended with almost $28,000 after having a nice cushion from fundraising in 2010 and 2011.

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, meanwhile, started out with more than $13,000 in cash and added $7,479 in individual contributions. Kavanagh and Ugenti have also both outspent Petersen so far.

Total raised Total spent Cash on hand
Jennifer Petersen, R-Scottsdale $14,193 $934 $13,259
Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale $11,014 $3,569 $27,961
John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills $7,479 $2,396 $18,397

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