Arizona's attorney general took initial steps Friday toward investigating Gov. Rose Mofford's expenditures of thousands of dollars in state funds on gifts and decorations when she was secretary of state.

Some of the spending appears to have lacked legislative authorization, according to records and interviews with officials, although the governor and a close aide said the Legislature had approved the funds."I have never misused any state funds," Mofford said in a brief interview with radio station KFYI. "I never misspent a penny. It was appropriated for VIP gifts and I used it for that type of purpose. I never used anything for personal gain." Mofford, 65, became governor April 4 when Evan Mecham was removed from office upon being convicted in a Senate impeachment trial of misusing state funds and obstructing justice.