Bill Montgomery Believes Law He's Enforcing Against Tom Horne Is Unconstitutional

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The politician in his native habitat, demonstrating the practice of speaking with forked tongue...

It's not every day that an elected law enforcement official, who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, confesses that he or she is enforcing an unconstitutional law.

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Yet, that's just what Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona's human pretzel, did recently before the Arizona House Judiciary Committee, when he testified that he believed state contribution limits to be "unconstitutionally low."

Montgomery did this in support of House Bill 2593, a bill that would increase individual contributions to candidates for the legislature by ten times the current amount.

Interestingly, Monty made an argument similar to those in favor of legalizing pot, prostitution and (gasp) illegal immigration. You know, prohibition is bad and creates criminality.

"The big problem that I see right now," Monty told committee chair Eddie Farnsworth, "is a consequence of so many investigations that my office participated in is that the low level of contribution limits, both for individuals and in the aggregate creates an environment in which people who want to help to participate in the election process, those who want to advocate on behalf of a particular candidate or to provide information to voters can't really do so in donating directly to a candidate because of...what I would say are unconstitutionally low contribution limits."

A politician shilling for larger campaign contributions? Will wonders never cease?

Thing is, Montgomery is currently pursuing a civil case in administrative law court against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, alleging that Horne colluded with his now-employee Kathleen Winn to exceed campaign contributions, by having Winn run an independent expenditure committee on Horne's behalf.

Which is why Winn's lawyer, in a motion to dismiss filed recently, jumped on Monty's statement, pointing out that if Monty is right, then the MCAO "simply does not have a case."

I'm not armchair lawyer enough to know if such an argument will stick. Moreover, it's just one among many that attorneys for Winn and Horne are throwing at Administrative Law Judge Tammy Eigenheer, hoping their clients don't get dinged for upwards of $1 million each.

But Winn's attorney is definitely successful at one thing: Illustrating Monty's haughty "do as I say, not as I do," attitude toward public life.


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Cozz
Cozz

Politician's suck bigtime.

It's always all about me, me, me, me....Does it ever stop with these slimeball's.

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

Tom Horne is an absolute sham of a person. He should be embarrassed with his handling of our education system, especially with suing small arizona schools.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

The man is simply politically astute. He is positioning himself to run for state AG in 2014, but has to get Horne out of the picture, yet not lose Repub support. The only way he could do so was to file the CIVIL action, instead of criminal, and then convolute the whole thing by making public statements that the AMOUNT allowed by law was too low, thus 'unconstitutional', which of course it's not. I expect the judge will rule that the amounts are simply 'policy' set within the law and as such are not unconstitutional. In the mean time the county attorney will continue his efforts to the higher ground.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@Tommy_Collins Don't forget that when he says that the limits need to be higher, he is really saying that he just wants more Koch brother/ALEC/Club for Growth $$$$$.

Comrade
Comrade

AZREDNECK1958, You are the MOST DELUDED PERSON  EVERI'd bet that if that POS Shurf takes You by the throat and begin to strangle You, probably You would say: LET IM BE. REDNECK

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@AZREDNECK1958 YA BE SO RIGHT, SIR.  LET EM BE QUIT IT 'CAUSE DEY DONT KNOW ABOUT WHAT DEM DAR TALKING ABOUT, DO DEY.  DEM MONTY A GOOOODDDDD MAN, DAT WHAT HE IS.  HE PUT DEM I-LEGALS IN DER PLACE, DONT HE REDNECK?  HE DONE KNOW HOW TO DEAL WIT DEM I-LEGAL PROBLEM, DONT HE REDNECK?  HE LET ACCUSED MURDRS FREE ON SMALL BOND BUT HE KEEP DEM I-LEGALS LOCKED UP LIKE DEM ANIMALS SHOULD BE, DON'T HE REDNECK? DEM LIBRALS ON DIS HERE SITE DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO KEEP DIS HERE CITY SAFE, DO DEY?  YOU AND ME, REDNECK, WE GOT TO GET DEM WORD OUT ABOUT DAT COUNTY ATTORNEY BEING A GOOD MAN WHO DON'T COW DOWN TO NO MAYOR OR GUBNER.  DEES CITY SLICKERS DON'T KNOW HOW TO KEEP A WESTRN TOWN SAFE AND SECURE, DO DEY REDNECK?  GOOD TING DEY GOT US TO SET DEM STRAIGHT DAG NABBIT!

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