Ariz. Nabs $39K for Border Fence on First Day
State lawmakers launch website to seek donations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2011 11:49 AM CDT
In this 2010 photo, a US border patrol vehicle drives along the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Yuma, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

(Newser) – It's a long way to $50 million, but Arizona lawmakers are happy with the first day's results of their pitch for donations to build a border fence. Their newly launched website got 884 online donations for a total of about $39,000 in its first 17 hours, reports the AP. Republican state Sen. Steve Smith wants to raise at least $50 million to put a secure wall along the Mexican border. Arizona Republic columnist EJ Montini, however, thinks it's a pie-in-the-sky ruse on the part of lawmakers to distract the public from their scandals.