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Brewer taps lawyer for Clean Elections post

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed a longtime Phoenix lawyer and
businessman to a four-year term on the state’s Citizens Clean Elections

Mitchell C. Laird will fill the seat vacated by Jeffrey Fairman when his term

Laird has been a licensed lawyer in Arizona since 1976 and founded his own law
firm. He also is the state’s largest owner of Burger King franchises, with 25
restaurants and 700 employees. He has served as general counsel to the state
Republican Party.

Brewer says Laird’s extensive experience in business, law and public policy
will be a valuable asset to the Commission.

The voter-created commission uses surcharges on criminal fines and civil
penalties to fund candidates for state office. Candidates also provide some
funding with qualifying contributions and from fines for violations.


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