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Medical, labor groups spend to fight Pan recall
Sacramento Bee

Medical and labor groups have poured tens of thousands of dollars into fighting the recall of a state senator who carried California’s controversial vaccination bill.

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, a pediatrician by training, reaped significant support from unions and medical organizations during an enormously expensive Senate run last year. Those groups have come to Pan’s defense as he faces a recall election effort spearheaded by opponents of a bill mandating vaccinations for almost all students enrolled in California schools.

While Senate Bill 277 ignited fervent opposition from a small but vocal contingent, prominent medical and educational groups backed the measure. Among them was the California Medical Association, which assisted in drafting the bill and has contributed $10,000 to a committee fighting the recall. The committee reported the donation Tuesday.