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.Read More »
Senate President Russell Pearce collected an impressive $230,000 in contributions in his fight to keep his legislative seat. His spending alone dwarfed his challenger’s modest fundraising total. Pearce also had more cash-on-hand — roughly $71,000 — at the end of ...Read More »
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.Read More »
This week's most outstanding quips, jibes and utterances.Read More »
The recall targeting Senate President Russell Pearce has riveted the state and attracted nationwide interest — and it’s also quickly turning out to be an expensive race.
But it is not breaking any records — at least not yet.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett today warned groups that are spending money to influence the Phoenix mayoral race and the Senate recall election they can’t hide behind a U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving corporations and labor unions the same speech rights as individuals.Read More »
Despite his national profile as an immigration hawk, former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo raised a pretty dismal amount to defend Senate President Russell Pearce in his recall election.Read More »
In his latest TV ad, Senate President Russell Pearce is trying to paint fellow Republican Jerry Lewis, his challenger in a recall election, as soft on illegal immigration.Read More »
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.
Rep. Carl Seel suggested that the Independent Redistricting Commission’s mapping consultants may have put him in a less Republican district in retaliation for his legislative record.
Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting, Seel, R-Phoenix, questioned why Strategic Telemetry – which has ties to Democratic candidates and causes, including President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign – put him a new district that eliminated much of his conservative support.
Questioned after he made his public comments, Seel told the Arizona Capitol Times that he is not accusing Strategic Telemetry or the IRC of gerrymandering him into a less favorable district – and he had no proof that such a conspiracy took place.