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Sec. of State asks for probe of clean elections

Posted at 10:36 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 12:36:00-05
Secretary of State Michele Reagan is asking a regulatory panel to rescind rules from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission that she says infringe on her authority.
 
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that State Elections Director Eric Spencer asked the Governor's Regulatory Review Council to rescind rules that the commission enacted in each of the past three years. The request comes after a years-long legal battle with the commission over the rule that could force so-called "dark money" groups to register with the state as political committees.
 
Reagan's office is also asking the governor's council to rescind a 2013 rule imposing fines against independent groups that fail to file timely campaign finance reports.
 
Clean Elections Executive Director Tom Collins says the council lacks the authority to oversee its rules.