Tom Horne and Kathleen Winn Broke the Law, Must Pay Back $397K or Face Triple Fine

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How bad would things have to get for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to do the right thing and resign?

You'd think pleading no contest to a vehicular hit-and-run witnessed by two FBI agents who'd been tailing him would be enough, at least for the state's top prosecutor.

Then there's the near-universal knowledge that Horne hired his alleged mistress Carmen Chenal for a $108K-a-year job at the AG's Office, ordered an agency-wide investigation to plug assumed leaks about that affair, and allegedly discussed a cover-up that would have involved destruction of public records and obstruction of justice.

Read Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk's order of compliance in the Horne/Winn matter.

Alleged witness tampering came later, after the FBI probe began.

And now, for the second time, an Arizona county attorney has found that Horne and his political ally-turned-AG outreach director Kathleen Winn, violated state campaign finance law, coordinating Horne's 2010 campaign for attorney general with Winn's supposedly "independent" expenditure committee Business Leaders for Arizona.

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Horne and Winn (first on right): Facing more than $1 million in fines . . .

On Thursday, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk -- whose reputation as a prosecutor is sterling -- concluded her examination of the Horne-Winn case, which arrived on her desk via a long and winding road, meandering through the Secretary of State's Office to County Attorney Bill Montgomery to an administrative law judge, on to superior court, back to the SOS, then to the Solicitor General (who works for the AG), and finally to Polk.

In her order of compliance, Polk finds that "BLA and Winn coordinated their activities with Horne and the Horne campaign" as a means to an end: defeating Horne's Democratic opponent in the general election. And this coordination "resulted in violations of Arizona campaign finance law."

Basically, Polk says that Winn -- now outreach director for the AG -- was taking orders from Horne while pretending to be an independent player. Meanwhile, BLA and the Horne campaign were one and the same.

So, individual donations to BLA that exceeded state contribution limits for candidates were illegal. Ditto corporate contributions, as candidates cannot accept contributions from corporations, according to state law.

Of the more than $500,000 raised by the BLA, Polk orders Winn and Horne to refund $397,378 in the next 20 days or face a possible civil penalty of three times the amount, which would be more than $1 million.


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azwillie
azwillie

I'd bet a months pension check that Horne(y) will never pay a dime out of his own pocket. Big time Republicans will step up and donate any money that gets paid.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

It is not really news when "elected officials" break the law, as it happens in this state all the time. Keep voting for republicans and democrats. 100 to 1 says he does not pay, and they both walk scot free. peace

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

"Obedience of the law is demanded, not asked as a favor." --President Theodore Roosevelt.

"A vote is like a rifle. Its usefulness depends on the character of the user."--President Theodore Roosevelt.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

OMG Horne... you're not doing too well in the AG's Office. Rotellini is a fine candidate and Horne was the lesser of two evils for Republican candidates (does anyone really want a mental picture of what that mentally unstable fool Candy Andy would do in the AG's Office?)Cozz hit the nail on the head. This should be a criminal matter. Isn't Wilenchik the asshole who abused GJ subpoenaes against this newspaper? He should have been disbarred. Horne needs to go. Now. Either through recall or simply booting his sorry ass out come next year.

afdhm
afdhm

So I have a simple question. If Horne Dog doesn't/can't pay the fine, can the Courts place a lien on his state pension from the date of his election as AG, since it was obviously gained in violation of the campaign finance rules?

teknik
teknik

so wait, is the law the law and are we a nation of laws or did something change here?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Two Canadians screw america in the same week!

IZKnows
IZKnows

He, He, Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho.  I can't stop laughing.  HORNiE is one stupid AG.  I would love to see him & Winn  get fined 3 times in damages.  This clown doesn't know when to quit.  This will be a no Winn situation for the both of them.  Canada here he comes!

Ingrid Irwin
Ingrid Irwin

Unfortunately I voted for him for superintendent of public schools but after he messed things up so badly there, voting for him to become AG was NOT an option!

slappy
slappy

Tom Horne will beat the charges for one simple reason.  Men as beautiful as Tom Horne are never held accountable.  Last night he was seen at the Scottdale's newest nightclub "Electric Psychedelic Pussycat Swingers Club" surrounded by beautiful international models.

His only apparent concern was his martini was too dry.  He truly is the "International Man of Mystery. 

Women in his office think he is the best looking AG in the entire Country.  A word of caution to the ladies at the AG's office. If Mr. Horne invites you to lunch for a pita, don't go.   

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

An honorable man would step down.  Hey Tom, do you know what the term

Noblesse oblige means?  You are a disgrace, if you don't resign, you will lose, badly in the election.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

This should be a criminal matter and Horne Dog Tom belongs in prison.

I've always said Arizona only elects the finest criminals available.

Calvin Holiday
Calvin Holiday

deport him back to canada... wha part of illegal cant you understand...

Diane Russell
Diane Russell

Yep! How can he be trusted to interpret and enforce laws when he so blatantly breaks them and lies about it!

Stephen Grange
Stephen Grange

Would require a sense of professional pride..He does not have one.

Brett Giles
Brett Giles

Yes. The man almost single handedly ruined public schools in AZ and we reward him by making him Attorney General? How does this make sense? Oh yeah, it's Arizona, the stupider you are, the longer you stay in office.

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

~ ask that Q of our Sheriff … criminals in office never resign :|

Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer

Why would he resign when he can do more evil? Would you expect the Devil to stop being a assclown? And yes I am comparing Horne to the Devil.

DNichols
DNichols

The Attorney General is one of the biggest crooks in the State, and M.C.A. Bill Montgomery pretends to have West Point Morals, however he just let his border patrolling date Chris Simcox off the hook for Child Molesting his own Daughter, and her freinds?!!!!!

The Governor defrauded Social Security of $75,000.00 to reward her knife point rapist Son while he served his sentence.

These Bastards are worse than most Criminals currently behind bars!!!

Buisness as usual for Arizona Racist/Crooked G.O.P.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Serves them right.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Truthseeker, perhaps this quote from TR sums up this latest round of Horne bullshit:

"No man is above the law and no man is below it. Nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it."

It should be noted that TR is a Republican.

Jukes
Jukes

@slappy Wow, not only too beautiful to go to jail.  Too beautiful to pay a fine.  It must be his romantic musical talent.

Jukes
Jukes

@oscaroscaroscarNaw.  Noblesse oblige requires the offender to be noble, or at least a man of honor, to begin with.  And we know that ain't true. 

marcy
marcy

@Calvin Holiday 

Canada doesn't want him

slappy
slappy

@DNichols You forgot to mention Governor Brewer, as the commander in chief , allowed Sheriff Babeu to retire from the National Guard.  Any other commander in chief would have immediately fired an officer or enlisted for soliciting sex on the internet.  Perhaps, Brewer thought it was a moral booster , to have an officer willing and able to satisfy his men.  Bill Montgomery, a West Point grad,  should have counseled Brewer on this matter.   Didn't Horne, clear Babeu?  Perhaps this time, Babeu can clear Horne. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@DNichols DN, your indictment of Horne and his accomplices, along with that reminder about Gin Jan's criminally-insane sonny boy is about as damning as it gets. I congratulate you.

Slappy
Slappy

@Jukes @slappy

Had Tom Horne been born during the era of Michelangelo, his image, and not David's, would grace the halls of Galleria dell Academia (s) in Florence. If you look closely at his photograph in this article, you will see Horne was born with a condition called "stupid face."

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@slappy, it's said that HORNE is the male version of SLEEPING BEAUTY. I'm not sure, but I think that Gin Jan was d 1 that kissed him, waking him up from his sleep. LMFAO.

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