ARIZONA 08 (R -- OPEN) | AZ-8

Primary Opponent Claims Lesko Broke Campaign Finance Law

Lesko’s campaign maintains it is in compliance with the FEC.

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Drew Gerber
Feb. 22, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko (R) “last month steered $50,000 from her state Senate campaign to a federal political-action committee that has supported her in the West Valley race, a move” one of Lesko’s opponents, former Trump appointee Phil Lovas (R), “claimed is illegal in complaints filed this week.” Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro (R), “who is also vying for the GOP nomination, also condemned the maneuver. … Lesko’s campaign maintains they did not break any rules even though the federal PAC is supposed to operate independent of her.”

Lesko: “Simply transmitting funds to the PAC — without any direct or indirect communications concerning whether, in what manner, or for what purposes the PAC would use the money — does not constitute ‘coordination.’” (Arizona Republic)

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