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Judge: Arizona campaign finance laws unconstitutional (access required)

Feds chime in on Arizona's immigrant harboring ban

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled this month that the state’s most fundamental campaign finance laws dealing with the registration of political committees and reporting of contributions and expenditures are unconstitutional.

The ruling won’t affect campaigns this election cycle, but it threatens to upend the state’s campaign finance system for future elections.

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Tom Horne faces civil penalties for campaign finance violations (access required)

Attorney General Tom Horne and a top staffer who ran an independent expenditure committee that assisted his 2010 campaign could face more than $1 million in fines after an investigation by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office determined they illegally collaborated, but neither will face any criminal charges.

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