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Arizona Free Enterprise Club violated election law

Arizona Free Enterprise Club violated election law

By Shelby Payne. CREATED Aug 16, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - State officials say the Arizona Free Enterprise Club has broken election laws by not declaring itself a political committee.
   
State Elections Director Christina Estes-Werther said Friday that there was "reasonable cause" indicating the corporation failed to report all campaign contributions and expenses.
   
Fountain Hills resident Paul Ryan filed a complaint against the group in July.
   
Ryan alleged the Free Enterprise Club claims it's a nonprofit corporation but has spent more on candidate advocacy.
   
According to state law, any entity can influence elections without disclosing donors if their revenue primarily is spent on social welfare.
   
The matter will now go to Attorney General Tom Horne's office for review.
   
The Arizona Free Enterprise Club describes itself as a free market policy and lobbying group focused on promoting the state's economy.

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Shelby joins KGUN9 straight from Arizona State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.