Pro-sales tax campaign receiving high donations in Arizona

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March 16, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: Supporters of the proposed sales tax increase have gathered more than $419,000 in contributions as of February 23, 2010. That number does not include minor donations to the campaign for the measure. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's office, 11 groups have donated at least $10,000 each. The measure, proposed by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer, would implement a 1 cent sales tax increase that would last for three years in the state.

On the other side of the sales tax debate, Senator Russell Pearce, head of the Ax the Tax Committee, stated that there have been no large donations to the campaign against the measure so far. The first financial report for the committee is scheduled to be turned in on March 19, 2010.[1]

Groups that have donated to the pro-tax campaign and the amount they have donated are shown in the table below:[1]

Contributor Amount
Professional Fire Fighters Association $100,000
Arizona Campaign for Arts and Culture $79,500
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry $50,000
Greater Phoenix Leadership Council $50,000
Arizona Education Association $30,000
Stand for Children $25,000
Friends of ASU $25,000
Arizona Public Service $25,000
Magellan Health Services $25,000
HighGround $25,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona $10,000

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