SAN DIEGO (AP) — Organizers behind competing efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner over sexual harassment allegations say they are joining forces to beat a short deadline for gathering petition signatures.

Michael Pallamary is asking business leaders, City Council members and others who have called for Filner’s resignation to open their checkbooks and provide organizational muscle. They will have only 39 days to gather more than 100,000 signatures, or 15 percent, of registered voters.

Gay-rights activist Stampp Corbin said Friday he will join the campaign.

Days earlier Pallamary accused Corbin of running a stealth pro-Filner campaign he said was set up to fail.

Nine women have accused Filner of unwanted advances.

Most recently, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator says the mayor touched her buttocks during a fundraiser following his election.

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