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Lesko Faces New Campaign Finance Complaint

The FEC is unlikely to act on the complaint until after the November elections.

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Drew Gerber
March 2, 2018, 9:48 a.m.

Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko (R), “the Republican nominee for a vacant West Valley congressional seat, was hit with a new legal complaint Thursday involving her transfer of $50,000 in state campaign cash to a federal group supporting her candidacy. The Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based group that supports stricter enforcement of campaign regulations, asked the Federal Election Commission to impose sanctions to deter what it considered a novel financing move.”

Brendan Fischer, director of the center’s federal and FEC reform efforts: “This is unprecedented and it is serious. There is a prohibition on federal candidates using state money to support their federal campaigns, and Debbie Lesko appears to be trying to do indirectly what she cannot do directly.”

The Lesko campaign “called the latest complaint a partisan attack,” while the campaign for Lesko’s opponent, emergency room physician Hiral Tipirneni (D), said “the matter deserves more scrutiny. … Fischer acknowledged the FEC is unlikely to act on the center’s complaint until after the November elections.” (Arizona Republic)


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