Arizona State Representative Doug Quelland filed a lawsuit in state court today to try to keep his seat in the Legislature.
In May, the Clean Elections Commission voted 4-1 to give Quelland the boot after it claimed he spent $15,000 to hire a campaign adviser, and failed to report the expenditure on campaign reports.
The commission found emails, billing statements, and other documents that confirmed that a private election-consulting firm did extensive work for Quelland, despite his denial that the firm ever worked for him.
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Quelland is only the second person removed from office by the commission since it was created nearly a decade ago.
Quelland who has always supported Arizona's Public Funding Law, will go before a judge Thursday to plead his case