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Brewer signs elections agency curb bill

PHOENIX — A bill preventing the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections
Commission from investigating possible campaign contribution violations by
candidates who don’t participate in the program has been signed by Gov. Jan

Senate Bill 1344 allows only the Secretary of State and state Attorney General
to investigate.

The Republican governor signed the bill Thursday. It passed the GOP-controlled
Legislature this week mainly along party-line votes.

Proponents say the commission doesn’t have authority to investigate candidates
who don’t take public campaign funding.

The commission says they do have authority and announced last year it planned
to begin doing so. It urged a veto of the bill, saying it likely violated the
Arizona Constitution and would probably face a court challenge.

The Citizens Clean Elections Act provides candidates funding if they forgo
private donations.


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