AG’s Office: Former Corporation Commisssion candidate Kiana Sears did not violate law

Kiana Maria Sears/Elizabeth Whitman/Phoenix New Times

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times

Last fall, Kiana Maria Sears neglected to mention several defunct LLCs on her financial disclosure forms when she filed to run for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

After examining a complaint referred by the Secretary of State in late October, the Arizona Attorney General’s office soon determined that Sears had made an innocent mistake. On Thursday, Evan Daniels, unit chief counsel, sent her a letter notifying her that the case was officially dropped.

Ryan Anderson, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, said that the case had been closed for at least two months.

Sears’ mistake appeared to be minor and unintentional, Anderson said. First-time candidates could easily make mistakes on their campaign finance filings and disclosure statements, and “it can be confusing,” especially for candidates who don’t have professional help, he said.

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