State Schedules Campaign Finance Workshops.

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Beginning Nov. 7, Arizona political committees, candidates and committee treasurers will be able to gain valuable information on campaign finance reporting requirements.

Secretary of State Jan Brewer announced on Oct. 25, her office will hold campaign finance workshops to offer candidates and committees in Arizona guidance on reporting their campaign finances for the 2008 primary and general elections.

Each county will have a workshop on a different date, which will be held in a location within that county.

Guidance on finance laws and reporting requirements, such as requiring political committees to file campaign finance reports with the secretary of state electronically, will be discussed during the workshops.

Finance reports are currently required to be filed electronically, but in January, a new, more user-friendly system will be implemented by Secretary Brewer's office, Deputy State Secretary Kevin Tyne said.

He said the current system requires that political committee treasurers first put their finance reports on a disc and then transfer them to the secretary of state's Web site.

The new system will allow them to submit their reports directly to the Web site and by-pass using software.

Tyne said the new system will allow treasurers to file reports in a timely manner and with more accuracy.

The workshops last anywhere from two to four hours and are scheduled to begin in November and run through March of 2008.

The workshop for Gila County is scheduled to be held in the board of supervisor's board room in Globe at 1400 E. Ash St. on Dec. 5, from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

Tyne said the workshop is an outreach program sponsored by the secretary of state's office and is free of charge to all political committees, campaign treasurers and the general public.

For more information about the workshop locations and times, go to : http://www.azsos.gov/releases/.

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