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Arizona: Legislator fined for listing insufficient details on campaign reports

Newszap.com reports: The Citizens Clean Elections Commission issued a $10,000 penalty June 23 to Rep. Rick Murphy (R-Peoria) for failing to report sufficient information about his campaign spending.

The freshman lawmaker plans to appeal the decision, noting his campaign reports are no different than several state elected officials. District 9 includes portions of Glendale, Peoria, Sun City and Youngtown.

Peoria resident Phil Hanson, a former legislative incumbent in District 9, lodged a handful of complaints after the primary election last year.

Gene Lemon, a private investigator hired by the Commission found an allegation with merit related to how Rep. Murphy's campaign reported nine checks for mailings, automated calls and signs written to Constantin Querard, a campaign consultant also under investigation.

Mr. Lemon said names and addresses of individuals providing the service were not recorded, only a "middleman" was. -- www.newszap.com