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PAC head now campaign chief for Ward in Arizona Senate race

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 14:36:53-04

The chairman of a political action committee that has endorsed Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward is now also becoming chairman of her campaign.

Veteran GOP strategist Ed Rollins' move to the campaign for the former Arizona state senator prompts questions of coordination between Great America PAC and Ward's campaign.

Campaign finance law bars collaboration between a candidate's campaign and super PACs such as Great America, which can solicit unlimited contributions to promote candidates, unlike federally regulated candidate committees.

The group's lawyer, Dan Backer, says Rollins will remain PAC chairman but recuse himself from Ward discussions. The group also plans no further expenditures beyond the $20,000 it spent promoting Ward in August.

Rollins formed the super PAC in 2016 to support Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The group endorsed Ward last week.