Candidates for the Arizona Legislature in District 26 spent a combined total of nearly $400,000 in the 2010 campaign.

Records filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office show that candidates spent an average of $79,868 on their campaigns, more than $9,000 more per candidate than in the 2008 race.

Overall spending in 2010, however, was less than in 2008, when more than $560,000 was spent. In 2008, eight candidates were vying for the three legislative posts. This time, there were five hopefuls.

Spending by independent groups also was down in comparison to 2008. The groups, with no official ties to individual candidates, have been criticized in the past as exerting unfair influence over the outcome of elections.

Independent groups spent a total of $168,592 in District 26 this election cycle, as compared with $358,711in 2008.

Total campaign spending by candidates

Senate

$124,984 Cheryl Cage

$63,42 Al Melvin

House

$32,812 Terri Proud

$57,909 Vic Williams

$120,984 Nancy Young Wright

Source: Arizona Secretary of State

Independent expenditures

Nancy Young Wright

$14,178.65 Total outside spending in support of Young Wright

$7,395.22 Southern Arizona Jobs Council

$5,629.43 Voters for Jobs and Education

$1,000 Arizonans for Prosperity Through Education

$46,047.76 Total outside spending against Nancy Young Wright

$23,876 Save our Jobs!

$16,975.38 Arizona Republican Party

$5,000 Arizona Free Enterprise Club

Vic Williams

$3,725.46 Total outside spending in support of Williams

$1,809.25 Republican House Victory

$1,809.25 Republican Senate Victory

$106.96 Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Political Action Committee

No outside spending against Williams

Terri Proud

$30,994.91 Total outside spending in support of Proud

$18,687 Arizona Free Enterprise Club

$8,328.45 Arizona Republican Party

$1,809.25 Republican House Victory

$1,809.25 Republican Senate Victory

$154 Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC

$106.96 Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Political Action Committee

$6,338.36 Total outside spending against Proud

$6,338.36 Southern Arizona Jobs Council

Cheryl Cage

$7,549.22 Total outside spending in support of Cage

$7,549.22 Southern Arizona Jobs Council

$17,335.41 Total outside spending against Cage

$16,975.38 Arizona Republican Party

$360.03 Political Accountability Coalition

Al Melvin

$36,088.92 Total outside spending in support of Melvin

$12,235 American Federation for Children, Inc.

$9,300 Arizona Association of Realtors Leadership Committee

$8,328.46 Arizona Republican Party

$4,309.25 Republican Senate Victory

$1,809.25 Republican House Victory

$106.96 Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Political Action Committee

$6,338.36 Total outside spending against Melvin

$6,338.36 Southern Arizona Jobs Council

Source: Arizona Secretary of State

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