Records show lobbyists donated to budget director's campaign for AZ House

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 4:00pm
Updated: Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:06pm
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Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget director is also running for the state House of Representatives.

To avoid a conflict of interest, he said he would not take donations from registered lobbyists during the legislative session.

But records show Republican candidate Matt Gress broke that promise.

His most recent campaign finance report shows about $4,000 came from 14 active lobbyists since lawmakers convened.

Gress said individual donation dates listed in the mid-April campaign finance report filed with the Arizona Secretary of State are wrong, and he will soon file an amendment.

His campaign released a prepared statement.

"We are going above and beyond what's required under law, and have refused donations from registered lobbyists during the legislative session. Any donations we are aware of to the campaign from registered lobbyists were given before the start of the legislative session and reported when received by the campaign treasurer. We will continue to ask if a donor is a registered lobbyist whenever we are accepting donations online or in person."

The Legislature and Ducey have not yet passed a budget for the new fiscal year starting July 1.

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