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 »
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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.
With 15 days left until the special election in LD18, more than three quarters of the early ballots are outstanding, a sign to many observers that turnout in the contest will be low.Read More »
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.