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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 9:56 am | Updated: 3:41 pm, Fri Oct 28, 2011.

State Senate President Russell Pearce has amassed a war chest of $230,000 for his recall battle against Jerry Lewis, more than three times his rival's funding.

Pearce's financial report shows vast differences between the campaigns. The Patriots for Pearce group raised $78,961 from political action committees, while all of Lewis's $67,873 came from individuals.

Pearce also took in large sums of money from outside Mesa and Arizona, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Arizona Secretary of State. Lewis has previously reported 68 percent of his donations were from Mesa.

The filings indicate the candidates and political action committees will spend nearly a half-million dollars as they battle for the Nov. 8 election. Other campaign filings show:

• Citizens for a Better Arizona, which opposes Pearce, raised $92,325.76.

• Citizens who Oppose the Pearce Recall raised $72,610.82.

• Citizens Who Oppose the Recall of Russell Pearce raised $424.

• Former candidate Olivia Cortes collected $882.

Cortes loaned herself the bulk of her funds. She raised $100 in small contributions and listed two donors by name. She spent $181.

Patriots for Pearce has spent more than $159,000 on expenses that include signs, polling and political consulting. Donors include political consultants Chuck Coughlin and Stan Barnes, and attorney Jordan Rose.

Donations from political action committees include the Highway Patrolman of Arizona, Lewis and Roca, Fennemore Craig, the Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Deputies Law Enforcement Association.

Other donors are the Arizona Multihousing Association, the Apollo Group, Southwest Gas, Salt River Project, the Arizona Committee of Automotive Retailers and Pinnacle West.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6548 or ggroff@evtrib.com

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