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Quelland pays fine owed to state

Doug Quelland with his attorney during an August hearing. (File photo)

As his failed campaign for the Senate ended Tuesday, former legislator Doug Quelland settled the fine he owed to the state, paying the Attorney General’s office $34,400.

That’s in addition to the $5,000 he paid to the state’s law enforcement office on Oct. 5.

Amy Rezzonico, who speaks for the Attorney General, said the two payments cleared Quelland’s debt to the government.

The Attorney General was collecting the money for the Arizona Clean Elections Commission, which found that Quelland had paid a consultant to do political work with money from his business during the 2008 campaign.

The expenditures, the commission had argued, violated rules for publicly funded candidates.

As a result, Quelland was kicked out of the House of Representatives in 2010.

Quelland owed $31,000 in fines, but that amount had since ballooned to about $39,000 as interests have accrued.

Quelland’s payment also meant the Citizens Clean Elections Commission had refused his offer to pay half of what he owed.

Quelland’s political foes had seized on the issue to paint him as a “lawbreaker” who should not be returned to the Legislature.

Quelland ran as an independent in a three-way contest to represent the Senate seat in Legislative District 20, which includes parts of Phoenix and Glendale.

He and Democrat Michael Powell lost to Rep. Kimberly Yee, a Republican from Phoenix.

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