SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge facing a recall effort after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault has hired a political consultant who ran President Donald Trump's Arizona campaign.
Disclosure forms filed this week show that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky paid $30,000 to Brian Seitchik's Phoenix-based RDP Strategies.
Reports with the California secretary of state's office show Persky has raised $128,000 through the end of June. The recall campaign has taken in $444,000.
Neither Seitchik nor Persky responded to requests for comment Wednesday.
Trump hired Seitchik in July 2016 to direct his campaign in Arizona, a state Trump won 49.5 percent to Hillary Clinton's 45.4 percent.
The push to recall Persky is led by Stanford University law professor Michelle Dauber, who helped Clinton raise money.