[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/17/art.brewer.wh.jpg caption="Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's legal defense fund has received almost $500,000 in contributions."](CNN) - Within hours of the Justice Department's announcement Tuesday that it would file a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tough new immigration law, thousands of contributions began flowing in to a legal defense fund set up by Gov. Jan Brewer to defend the bill she signed in April.
By the end of Wednesday, more than 6,300 donations totaling more than $300,000 had been processed through KeepAZsafe.com. More than 10,000 contributions totaling nearly $500,000 have rolled in to the fund since its inception in mid-June, according to an analysis conducted by the state and provided to CNN.
The donations, which range from $5 to $2,000, have come from every state in the country.
According to an executive order signed by Brewer on May 26, the contributions will be used for "the promotion of border security interests, the legal defense of the Governor related to Senate Bill 1070, and other interests of the state."
Arizona's immigration law, which orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally, was signed into law on April 23.