Tom Horne's Fave "Business Leaders for Arizona" Mark Goldman and Fife Symington, Fundraise for the AG, as Does Chuck Coughlin's HighGround (w/Update)

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***Please see the update at this blog's end.***

Attorney General Tom Horne's getting the band back together.

Yep, with 2014 'round the corner, the Man Who Knows No Shame, is relying on a little help from the same crowd who got him over the finish line in 2010, specifically, attorney Mark Goldman and former Governor Fife Symington.

Both Goldman and Symington, you'll recall, were donors to the infamous "Business Leaders for Arizona," a pro-Horne independent expenditure committee from the 2010 election once led by Kathleen Winn, currently the outreach director for the AG's office.

Now, despite an ongoing inquiry by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk into allegations of campaign finance violations by Horne and BLA, both Goldman and Symington are busy fundraising for Horne.

Also, Chuck Coughlin's HighGround Public Affairs is helping out with the collection of cash, and by occasionally carrying water for Horne in the media.

(Note: Coughlin responded to a request for comment after this blog was published. Please see his remarks below.)

Goldman recently sent out a mass e-mail invite for "A Musical Soiree to Honor Attorney General Tom Horne," a reception to be held at chez Goldman on October 5, in support of Horne's 2014 re-election effort.

"There will be delicious food, beverages, interesting people, and engaging conversation for all who attend," writes Goldman, "plus live entertainment by Tom, himself, on the piano."

That last bit means Horne will assault the ivories with his rendition of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which he plays ad nauseam at public gatherings.

"Any amount you can contribute will be appreciated," the invite states to possible party-goers. "Maximum $4,000 per person, $8,000 per couple."

I did phone Goldman to ask him if he was at all ashamed to be throwing a wing-ding for Horne while Polk was still looking at Business Leaders for Arizona, on which Goldman dropped $5,000 in 2010.

Goldman related that he'd had a hard day and was watching a rerun of Frazier. He asked if I could I call him at a more decent hour, being that it was mid-evening.

I did try him the next day, but his phone mailbox was full.

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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Horne, yet another disgraceful, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick fool sucking on taxpayer teat.

Rotellini remains the better candidate and I wish she won. Horne was simply the lesser of two evils for the Republican choice.

Time for Horne to be recalled. Now.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

So we have an adulterous hit and run driver who worked for an ex governor who is a CONVICTED, but later pardoned unrelated to innocence, FELON,for an Attorney General.

AND.............There's a chance he could be re-elected.

Jesus H. Christ!

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

I hope this guy Brnovich can beat Horne, but this is AZ, the populace ain't too swift. That's why the worst rule.

only24hoursinaday
only24hoursinaday

I got about six words into the headline before the sheer boredom of it all hit home.

Jukes
Jukes

As a relative newcomer here, I'm still trying to get over that he once was State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  HE WAS ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN?? 

66rock
66rock topcommenter

I'm still shocked that he threw his hat in again instead of slinking away in disgrace.  Only in Arizona, no apology no shame. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

What I wonder about is Horne's wife's involvement in all this. With everyone knowing that he keeps a mistress, she must be seething. Yet we haven't heard a peep out of her. There must be something in the pre-nup that prevents her from speaking out.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

So Tommy HorneyToad is keeping company with Fife The Felon. Not a big shock, since they have a lot in common. The phrase "morals of an alley cat" comes to mind....

I like Rotellini and wish she would have won. And she might have won, had HorneyToad not slimed her with a completely illegal ad campaign. It's all well and good to vow to run a clean campaign and not stoop to your opponents' level, but sometimes in politics, you have to fight dirty to win. Felicia needs to take off the gloves in the next election (assuming HorneyToad survives his primary) and remind people over and over and over again what a scumbucket HorneyToad is. From his SEC convictions, to getting caught banging his little piece-on-the-side during office hours (and committing hit-and-run in the process) the truth about the HorneyToad in all its filthy glory is right there for the whole world to see.

In any other state, I doubt someone like HorneyToad could get elected dog catcher. But this is Arizona, the state where voters wallow in their stupidity like it is something to be proud of.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Folks, Time to get informed...

Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment - Mona Lynch

http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=17521


"In the late 20th century, the United States experienced an incarceration explosion. Over the course of twenty years, the imprisonment rate quadrupled, and today more than than 1.5 million people are held in state and federal prisons. Arizona's Department of Corrections came of age just as this shift toward prison warehousing began, and soon led the pack in using punitive incarceration in response to crime. Sunbelt Justice looks at the development of Arizona's punishment politics, policies, and practices, and brings to light just how and why we have become a mass incarceration nation."

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Operators 'have' had' legal' issues

By'Robert'Anglen


"Federal authorities said Oesterblad, along with his siblings, bilked now- defunct Pan American World Airways out of $100,000 by obtaining awards in the names of bogus customers.

After his 1992 sentence, Oesterblad was hit with a $306,000 federal tax lien. Records show the lien was released in 2001.

Oesterblad is from Illinois, but records show he has lived in Maricopa County since the 1980s. For the past nine years, he has lived in Paradise Valley, where he purchased a $2.3 million house in 2005. He bought a new house on the same street in 2010 for $1.4 million."

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@only24hoursinaday I can only hope the overexertion of your mental abilities didn't cause you significant discomfort.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@66rock Not quite true, 66. You may recall that Marion Barry was reelected as mayor of Washington D.C. after he got out of prison. So, it's not only Arizona. Also, Weiner was ahead in the polls until it was revealed he was continuing his internet activities after having apologized for having done so once before.... in New York City...

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@66rock Lacks a conscience and soul. Shameless. That's who Arizona votes for. 

Execute your mistakes away with shortening the death penalty timeline, rather than getting rid of the death penalty-taxpayer-boondoggle. Vengeance, rather than common sense. 

Incarcerate those you do not want or like. Plays well in a racist, backward state, at taxpayers expense -- wasting their dollars. 

"Save the children", when in fact the state destroys families, children and communities keeping endless chaos going to create more $$$'s for the mass industrial prison complex and the broken Family and Criminal courts that make the lawyers in Arizona obscenely rich, along with CCA / private prison corporations. School-to-prison pipeline with law enforcement in the schools.

Carpetbaggers using barren Arizona to line their pockets with billions of Federal $$$'s -- move up and on, and out of the mass destruction they have created and will leave behind.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@66rock 

Like  disgraced, disbarred Andrew Thomas announcing he's running for Governor! 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@truthseekeraz Yes. Just think of all the people whose lives were ruined because they got busted with a few ounces of weed.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@TommyCollins @66rock   LOL, The Other Kids Do It, Why Can't I?? 

BTW, I have lived in three states, none of which were New York or DC but, regardless, you assume that I support bad behavior because those two have a D after their name.  If I had, had a vote, I certainly would not have elected Marion Barry again or Weiner.  Although,  I would have cast a second chance vote for Spitzer. Why?  Because I felt he was not only well suited for the position, was sincerely humble without excuses and wanted to proven himself worthy.  It's called voting for the person, not the party. 

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@TommyCollins @66rock   Yes, thank you for your civil reply. I'm reminded of that town name poll,I'm thinking Phoenix should win, Second Life, Az or Second Act, Az.  Yes, I am well aware that Az is not the only state that has given snakes a second chance. But Az is a state that frequently promoted their snakes to a higher position with yet more power.  So could you or anyone, give me a fact check on who has done this more frequently than Az? Yes, I am lazy but do enjoy "the Google". I'm just not as good with Google as many (most) others. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@66rock 66, I have no idea how you inferred that I think you support bad behavior. I was only pointing out that Arizona is not the only place where snakes are given a second life. Your point about voting for the person is one I share and one I consider valid. I hope I made myself more understood this time. :-)

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