h/t Scott Hesterman
Stuff like this takes a lot of the wind out of the “Brewer/Arapio are costing the state money with all these lawsuits”;
PHOENIX – A Wyoming man has given more than $1.5 million to help defend Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement measure in court, Gov. Jan Brewer’s office said Thursday.
The contribution from Timothy Mellon of Saratoga is the largest to Brewer’s defense fund, which has amassed more than $3.6 million from 41,000 donors nationwide. Mellon could not immediately be reached for comment.
Mellon’s Aug. 18 donation was 300 times more than the next-largest contribution of $5,000 — an amount donated by at least four people, records show.
The latest legal bills released Thursday show Brewer’s office has spent more than $440,000 for the first two months of defending the law.
The bills, obtained through a public records request by The Associated Press, are for work performed through June by Phoenix law firm Snell & Wilmer. They do not cover July hearings in federal court before a judge Susan Bolton temporarily blocked enforcement of the law’s most controversial provisions.
Brewer has appealed Bolton’s order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.