Governor candidate Andrew Thomas falls short of Clean Elections funding

PHOENIX - ­Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has been denied more than $750,000 in public campaign funding for his effort to win the Republican nomination for Arizona governor.

Thomas can submit additional qualifying contributions to meet the threshold before the Aug. 26 primary.

The Secretary of State's office announced Friday that Thomas fell 113 $5 contributions short of the 4,500 needed to Citizens Clean Election Commission funding.

Thomas is soliciting more contributions on his Facebook page . He's one of seven Republicans in the party's primary and one of only three running with public funding.

State Sen. Al Melvin announced late Thursday that he may suspend his campaign if he can't get enough contributions to receive public funding.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett has qualified and received nearly $754,000 in funding.

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