Gun-rights advocates have announced plans to recall Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who responded immediately with a they Should Be Ashamed of Themselves” e-mail to supporters, asking for donations to fight the recall.

Which brings us to why this recall could backfire to Quirk-Silva’s benefit. under California campaign law, recalls are a considered ballot measures – the upshot being the target of the recall is freed from individual campaign contributions. That way, individual Quirk-Silva supporters can give unlimited donations to her recall campaign, which she can then spend telling voters how great she is…and to, by the way, vote against the recall.

In other words, pursuing a recall now, a year before the regularly scheduled election, allows Quirk-Silva to solicit unlimited donations to build her positive name ID – something she wouldn’t be able to do absent a recall.