Gary Sherwood might be winning the race for campaign contributions as his recall election nears, but the money being spent by an independent expenditure committee could be making up the difference.
The campaign finance reporting database on the Arizona Secretary of State’s website shows that his political committee, Friends of Gary Sherwood, has received $11,000 in the last month and a half.
Arizona Pipe Trades 469, a local chapter of the national union for plumbers and pipefitters, donated $10,000 to Sherwood’s committee on Aug. 21.
United West Valley Firefighters Political Action Committee, which represents Local 4371 in Arizona of the International Association of Firefighters, gave $500 to Sherwood’s campaign on Sept. 1.
Republic Services, Inc., Employees for Better Government PAC, a political action committee for people who work at a national waste and recycling company that has an office in Glendale, contributed $500 to Sherwood on Sept. 4.
The committee for Sherwood’s challenger, Ray Malnar for a Better Glendale, was not listed as a recipient of contributions made by state-level political committees during the last 10 months, which were reviewed on the secretary of state’s website.
The Glendale City Clerk’s Office has no record of contributions received from Malnar’s committee. He filed the paperwork for his committee June 3. Candidates in the Nov. 3 recall election have until Oct. 30 to report any funds received or spent since June 1.
In the June 30 campaign report that Sherwood filed with the Glendale clerk, covering his finances from last November to May 31, he indicated that he had $1,216 in cash on hand.
Another type of committee that makes independent expenditures, because it cannot coordinate with candidates or their campaigns, has decided to oppose Sherwood and back Malnar in recent weeks with more than $13,000.
Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a non-profit in Phoenix that advocates for free market and pro-growth policies and issues to make the state’s economy stronger, spent $6,624.64 Sept. 16 for a pair of mailers opposed to Sherwood and supporting Malnar.
That organization spent another $7,030.58 Sept. 25 for a second round of mailers in favor of Malnar and against Sherwood, according to the form for notification of independent expenditures that was due at the clerk’s office shortly thereafter.