Mesa mayoral candidate Rex Griswold's campaign violated another finance law, but won't be penalized.
This is the second campaign finance violation since he started running for mayor.
Griswold's campaign accepted an illegal in-kind contribution from the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, legal records show.
The theater had hosted an event for Griswold in the fall and donated $500 worth of food and rental fees.
Griswold called it a "friend-raiser" and said that no donations were solicited.
He said he reported all the donations as openly as he could and that the donor, theater owner William Prather, fixed the error.
"Nothing that's been done has been flagrantly wrong," Griswold said.
Arizona law prohibits corporations from contributing money to an election. It is also illegal for a candidate or campaign committee to accept a contribution from a corporation, but the law does not include a penalty for the violation.
In a memo to the Mesa CIty Attorney's Office, Phoenix lawyer Fredda Bisman wrote that the donation from the theater was inadvertent and that Prather corrected the violation by writing a check from a private account to reimburse the funds, rendering the contribution personal rather than from a corporation.
In his defense, Prather said that he lives in Florida much of the time, where corporate contributions are permitted, records show. And the problem was fixed within 20 days, so no penalty will be assigned, as dictated by campaign finance laws.
In December, it was reported that Griswold violated campaign finance laws by exceeding the amount of personal loans and family contributions by more than $2,000.
City Attorney Debbie Spinner found that the contributions were illegal, but state law didn't prescribe a penalty for the error. Griswold corrected the error by repaying $2,500.
"The first time, I had some bad information and then I acted on it," Griswold said of his first violation. "As soon as I found out about the wrong information, we fixed it. If you never want to make a mistake, don't do anything."