Arizona sales tax question's supporters pour in the campaign donations

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April 26, 2010

By Al Ortiz

PHOENIX, Arizona: Contributions and expenditures are flowing in from supporters of Proposition 100, the hotly debated measure that will ask Arizona voters whether or not to increase the state sales tax by 1 cent. The question, which was proposed by Governor Jan Brewer and will appear on the May 18, 2010 special election ballot, was introduced as a solution to alleviate the state's budget shortfall. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's website, committees in favor of the measure have collected a total of $1,152,175 as of April 2010.

Donors to the Yes on 100 campaign include education groups such as Arizona State University Foundation, Arizona School Boards Association, Inc., Friends of ASU, Arizona Education Association and the University of Arizona Foundation, who were the top contributors of the whole list with $250,000. The second highest contribution came from the Professional Fire Fighters Association with a contribution of $100,000, followed by the Arizona Campaign for Arts and Culture with $79,550.

The webpage, entitled Notifications of Contributions to Ballot Measure Committees shows that five groups have donated $50,000 each, eleven groups have donated $25,000 each and seven groups have donated $10,000 each . Altogether, the website shows that a total of 32 contributors have donated in support of the measure, with 31 contributing to Yes on 100 and one donating to ASU Friends of Education in Support of Proposition 100. The Secretary of State's website does not show any contributions reported by campaign committees against the measure.

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