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)
***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.