Campaign finance law throws twist at candidates

Campaign finance law throws twist at candidates

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PHOENIX (AP) - An election law change that raised Arizona's campaign contribution limits also provided candidates with an unwanted and apparently unintended surprise.

According to the Arizona Capitol Times, that surprise is a new requirement that candidates have separate campaign finance committees for the primary and general election elections.

Combined with a $2,000 limit on transfers between committees, that means candidates may have to commit their campaign dollars to one election or the other without yet knowing what the political landscape will look like months ahead.

That's according to guidance provided by the Secretary of State's Office about what the new law requires.

Chandler Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard says the separate-committee requirement isn't what he had in mind when he sponsored the legislation. He says the situation is "definitely a nightmare."

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