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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 11:18 am | Updated: 4:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Democratic Party filed a complaint Tuesday accusing the GOP’s top gubernatorial candidate of violating state campaign laws.

Democratic officials alleged in a complaint filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office that political activist Len Munsil broke state law by not properly identifying who paid for his campaign Web site.

Vernon Parker, a media advisor for Munsil, acknowledged the mistake and said the campaign quickly changed the site Tuesday afternoon to comply with state law.

“You’d have to be a complete moron not to know whose Web site this is,” Parker said. “It was a minor oversight that we took care of quickly.”

Kevin Tyne, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said they will investigate the complaint and decide whether to turn it over to the State Attorney General’s Office for further review. Typically those types of decisions are made within days, Tyne said.

The complaint comes less than a week after the Citizens Clean Election Commission approved a campaign finance investigation into Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat. The move was sparked by a complaint filed by the Arizona Republican Party.

That investigation is focused on whether the governor had money on hand to launch her campaign Web site in April.

Michael Frias, director of campaigns for the Arizona Democratic Party, said the two incidents are unrelated.

Frias said the party first noticed Munsil wasn’t posting the funding source for his Web site in April, but decided to wait on filing a complaint.

“We wanted to wait and see if this would remedy itself,” Frias said.

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