Watchdog Releases 3rd Pearce Mailer: “Carved”

Mailer Text: “Russell Pearce and Special Interests, Together Forever”

Washington, D.C.—Public Campaign Action Fund’s Campaign Money Watch project released its third mailer today, “Carved,” for the recall election of state Senator Russell Pearce, just days after campaign fundraising reports show Pearce received just 12 percent of his campaign cash from inside his district.

“Russell Pearce has proven time and again that he’s more concerned with the special interests donors funneling money into his campaign than doing what’s right for the people of his district,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund and Campaign Money Watch. “When he led the charge against Clean Elections, he literally was saying he knew better than Arizona voters. That’s plain wrong.”

Just 12 percent came from his district in Mesa, according to analysis by the Arizona Republic. In addition, the Phoenix Business Journal reported over the weekend that, “Top business lobbyists are prevalent on the campaign finance report of the group backing Pearce against his recall challenge from Jerry Lewis.” According to Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, 83 percent of Pearce’s 2008 and 2010 donations came from outside of his Mesa district. 

The voter information mailer features a lobbyist with a briefcase of cash carving “RP+SI” into a tree with the caption “Russell Pearce and Special Interests, Together Forever.” The opposite side contrasts Pearce’s special interest money and gifts to his opponent Jerry Lewis’ plan to institute a ban on gifts from lobbyists and special interests. You can view it and the previous two online at www.campaignmoneywatch.com/russellpearce.

“Russell Pearce has left his constituents behind in favor of luxury hotel stays and special interest cash—let’s hope voters are the ones to return the favor on November 8,” said Donnelly.   

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Public Campaign Action Fund and its Campaign Money Watch project work to hold politicians who are against comprehensive campaign finance reform accountable for where they get their political donations. Learn more at www.campaignmoneywatch.com.