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Officials: Recall race mailer is deceptive

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:47 pm | Updated: 7:54 am, Fri Oct 21, 2011.

State election officials say they believe a mailer sent in the Nov. 8 recall election of Senate President Russell Pearce violates Arizona campaign finance law by being deceptive.

The Secretary of State's Office is asking the Attorney General's Office to take enforcement action against Citizens United for Progress, a company name that appears on several mailers regarding the recall.

The secretary of state contends that one mailer is deceptive because of its labeling and a quote from a government official, the Maricopa County recorder. The mailer warns voters that mail-in ballots list the name of Olivia Cortes, a candidate who has withdrawn from the race.

Other mailers criticize Pearce and praise challenger Jerry Lewis.

An attorney for Citizens United for Progress did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

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