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Republican lawmaker asks Mayes to investigate Hobbs' use of inaugural funds

A Republican lawmaker wants Attorney General Kris Mayes to investigate whether Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs illegally used state resources to raise money for inaugural expenses.

Rep. David Livingston says research he did during the legislative session shows evidence that Hobbs used a state website to raise funds for two separate inaugural events. 

Livingston says records show that not all the money raised went to pay for those and that the committee that collected the funds still has more than $868,000.

The fundraising committee is classified as a “social welfare” corporation and not required to disclose donors or expenditure information.

An attorney for the Katie Hobbs Inaugural Fund said doing so would have a chilling effect on the fund’s First Amendment rights because it’s not required by law to disclose such records.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.