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Report: Questions raised about whether campaign money mingled by Dave Aronberg in attorney general race

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The Times‘ John Frank reports: A Democratic candidate for attorney general is facing questions about whether his campaign skirted election laws to pay staffers.

A former fundraiser for Dave Aronberg received payments from the campaign and a little-known federal political committee called Citizens for Effective Government, according to campaign finance records.

Ryan Hampton, a South Florida-based money man, made more than $10,000 from Aronberg’s campaign and another $1,000 from the federal committee.

The committee — dubbed a 527 under IRS code — was closely tied to Aronberg, a state senator from Greenacres, before it closed shop in April amid questions.

Aronberg’s chief consultant Screven Watson is listed as the founder, according to federal IRS documents. And Aronberg helped raise money for the committee, which paid three of his campaign staffers. Continue reading here.

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