I'm on my way to a function I must attend tonight, but I just saw that Matt Tolman's anti-recall committee Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall has filed its financials with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.
Total receipts: $72,610, with one of the largest contributions coming from a union, specifically the Phoenix Police union PLEA (i.e., the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association), which ponied up $5,000.
So whenever you look for the union label, look inside state Senate President Pearce's pocket.
(The Mesa Fraternal Order of Police shelled out $250, likely just to say it gave something.)
Individual contributions came in from all across the country: Texas, California, Arkansas, Virginia, etc. I reckon that "outsider" money is a-okay as long as you're the one receiving it.
There were local donors as well, of course, including Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who gave $1,200. Ain't that sweet? And everyone tells me he wants your job, Joe. Maybe it's Joe's way of making sure Pearce never runs for sheriff.
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As far as expenditures go, the big winner was Integrated Web Strategy, owned by Max Fose, a former political aide to U.S. Senator John McCain and a political operative who helped pimp the one cent rise in the state sales tax. Fose scored $50,633 from his work for CWOPR, according to the report.
Pearce spokesman and former weatherman Ed Phillips garnered $2,500 for selling his soul to Old Scratch. (Phillips is a moderate Republican, also known as a RiNO, you see). Really, Ed, you should have held out for more.
The P.I. firm Specialized Investigations pulled $750. For what, you've got to wonder? Maybe they were hunting whomever it was who threw that padlock at Pearce-foe Jerry Lewis? Um, yeah, probably not.
I'll look over the filing further when I have more time. Feel free to take a gander yourselves, and make your own observations. You can access it, here.