Group says Ducey re-election campaign received illegal $500,000 donation

Arizona Daily Star

A self-described watchdog group is alleging Gov. Doug Ducey’s re-election campaign got an illegal $500,000 donation.

The complaint filed Tuesday by the Campaign Legal Center with the Secretary of State’s Office charges that a donation listed as coming from a Delaware corporation known as Blue Magnolia Investments LLC really is little more than disguised funds from Larry Van Tuyl. Brendan Fischer, director of the center’s federal reform program, said that violates Arizona laws prohibiting “straw” donations where the true identity of the donor is hidden from the public by running the money through a third party.

This is also the same organization that gave $100,000 to DefendArizona, a political action committee set up solely to help Martha McSally with what ultimately proved her unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate.

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