Arizona Clean Elections Foe Targeted in Mailer for Taking Tainted Contributions

Facing a recall election, Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce (R) is being targeted by Public Campaign Action Fund with a political mailer for accepting trips and contributions from an organization accused of illegal behavior. His close ties to big money special interests have been well-documented over the years, and he is front and center in the recent Fiesta Bowl scandal that has ensnared several lawmakers in ethics controversy and possible legal violations.

Pearce has long been a fierce opponent of the state's popular Clean Elections law, and sprearheaded the effort to put a repeal measure on the 2012 ballot.

From the mailer: "After receiving thousands of dollars in tainted campaign contributions, it's no wonder Russell Pearce wants to gut campaign reform laws," the mailings read. "He's leading the effort to repeal Arizona's Clean Election Law and would allow corporations, special interests and lobbyists to dominate state politics."

Yesterday, the aforementioned ballot measure was struck down by a Maricopa County Judge for violating the "single-subject" rule in Arizona, but the effort to kill the Clean Elections system will go on. Defeating Sen. Pearce in this recall election would send a strong message to opponents of Clean Elections that Arizonans don't want a return to a corporate and special interest-dominated state government.

See the mailer here.