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House votes down bill curbing elections commission

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House has failed to pass a bill that would remove authority from the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission to investigate possible campaign contribution violations by candidates who do not participate in the program.

The Senate-approved bill would allow only the Secretary of State and state Attorney General to investigate.

The House failed to pass Senate Bill 1344 with a 29-25 vote on Monday.

Supporters say state statute does not grant the commission authority to investigate candidates suspected of campaign contribution violations but who do not receive funding through the Citizens Clean Elections Act. The commission says the act grants them authority. The act allows candidates to receive full funding for their campaigns if they forgo private donations and receive a number of $5 donations.

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