- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is opposing a proposal by the Citizen’s Clean Elections Commission to modify campaign spending reporting rules for outside groups.

Reagan said in a statement Wednesday that the commission’s plan usurps her authority as the state’s top elections officer.

The commission meets Thursday to consider whether it should open a public comment period on a rule requiring new outside groups to file reports if they spend more than $500 to advocate for or against a candidate or voter initiative. The reports would disclose spending and donors.

Commission executive director Tom Collins says the rule simply changes existing guidelines to clarify that reporting is required.

The action comes after the Legislature adopted a new political committee definition that could allow some groups to avoid reporting.

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