GOP candidates agree to return some Arizona funding

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Arizona's campaign finance commission on Thursday will consider a proposed settlement agreement to have the three Republican candidates return a total of nearly $29,000 of public financing.

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is considering the matter as a result of a complaint filed by the state Democratic Party against Corporation Commission candidates Susan Bitter Smith, Bob Burns and Bob Stump.

The commission's executive director concluded that a pre-primary mailing by the Republicans illegally used some of their primary election funding for general election purposes.

The mailer targeted the three Democratic candidates. They and the Republicans were unopposed in the primary.

The Republicans deny that their mailer violated campaign finance laws. They say they want to settle the campaign finance case so they can focus on election issues.

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