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Group for Pearce recall says donors topped 1,000

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:51 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — A leader of a group that collected thousands of signatures to force a recall election for state Sen. Russell Pearce says the group raised and spent approximately $92,000, with Arizonans making up the vast majority of the more than 1,000 contributors.

Pearce faces charter school executive Jerry Lewis in the Nov. 8 recall election in Pearce's legislative district in Mesa.

Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona released some figures on its fundraising and spending as the group prepared a campaign finance report due by a Thursday midnight deadline.

Parraz says the group had approximately 1,000 donations larger than the $25 threshold requiring them to be itemized in the report. He says 90 percent of the donors were Arizonans.

Pearce has painted the pro-recall group as outsiders.

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