Watchdog group: Ducey re-election PAC received illegal $500,000 contribution

Arizona Republic

A campaign-finance watchdog group on Tuesday filed a complaint asking the Arizona secretary of state to investigate a $500,000 donation it claims was unlawfully made to a committee benefiting Gov. Doug Ducey's re-election campaign. 

The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center contends the May 11 donation to the Ducey Victory Fund Committee was funneled through a shell company, Blue Magnolia Investments, and thus amounts to a "straw donor" scheme prohibited by state law.

Straw-donor arrangements keep the true identities of the individuals behind political contributions hidden from the public. The complaint says the company served as a front for donations from Arizona billionaire Larry Van Tuyl, whose father's auto-dealership empire earned the family a spot on a Forbes list of America's richest families in 2015.

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