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Pro-recall group’s campaign report provides plenty of ammo for Pearce (access required)

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.

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Cortes’ campaign report poses legal questions (access required)

Olivia Cortes’ campaign finance report only deepened a mystery about her short-lived campaign in the Mesa recall election as it failed to resolve serious questions about who helped finance her campaign. Cortes raised roughly $900, but her campaign report filed Thursday didn’t say who paid a signature-gathering firm that circulated petitions, which ultimately helped to get her on the ballot.

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Recall group shells out $6,500 to support Lewis (access required)

The group that spearheaded the recall drive against Senate President Russell Pearce spent $6,500 to help Jerry Lewis, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

As an independent expenditure group, Citizens for a Better Arizona spent the money reaching out to voters about the recall election.

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Lewis gets Mesa councilwoman’s endorsement (access required)

Mesa City Councilwoman Dina Higgins today endorsed Jerry Lewis, who is seeking to unseat Senate President Russell Pearce in the Nov. 8 recall.

The development is notable because Higgins’ endorsement means that two Mesa council members have officially declared their support for Lewis, and a third has donated to Lewis’ campaign.

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