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Arizona: discounts and lump sum payments land senator in hot water

AP reports: A state investigator has concluded that a state legislator violated campaign finance laws and recommended that a commission impose penalties totaling $20,000.

Gene Lemon, a Citizens Clean Elections Commission investigator, said May 6 Rep. Colette Rosati, R-8, violated state law by receiving early voter data from campaign operative Constantin Querard at a discounted price that amounted to an improper private contribution to her publicly financed 2004 campaign.

Mr. Lemon also said the Scottsdale Republican's campaign failed to pay providers of nearly $30,000 of campaign goods and services directly and to properly identify those purchases on campaign finance reports. Instead, she made lump-sum payments to Mr. Querard and another campaign operative without breaking down actual expenses, he said. -- Arizona Capitol Times