Tom Horne's Latest Defeat: Campaign Complaint Against His Critics Denied

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What fun we'll have next year watching Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, one of Arizona's sleaziest politicians, crash and burn.

Indeed, Horne's recent failure to silence the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance, which has been running TV ads critical of him, offers a preview of the vicarious pleasures to come in 2014.

The AG's effort to shut up the AZPIA through a bogus SLAPP suit already has gone down in flames.

Now his ironic attempt at a campaign complaint against AZPIA to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office is kaput as well, rejected by the state election director, an employee of the SOS.

In November, Horne's lawyer Sandra Slaton -- who is also a contract attorney with the AG's office -- sent a letter to the SOS, alleging that AZPIA violated Arizona law by not filing as an independent campaign committee.

Slaton contended AZPIA has to do this because it's running ads that "call for Tom Horne's defeat" in his 2014 re-election bid.

AZPIA's attorney Kory Langhofer shot back a response, pointing out that Slaton's analysis and her facts were dead wrong.

"Fairly viewed," wrote Langhofer, "the advertisements are commentary on Horne's past conduct and the importance of Horne returning $400,000 in campaign contributions, and in no way advocate for Horne's reelection or defeat."

Langhofer noted that the ads began running a year in advance of the 2014 general election, and that they could not have run any earlier, as the commercials were prompted by Horne's most recent refusal to pay back the $400K.

Nor is AZPIA's primary purpose to influence elections, Langhofer argued, offering as evidence AZPIA's other advocacy, and pointing to the non-profit's articles of incorporation, which describe a broader mission for the group.

"It cannot be true that every public statement calling into question the propriety of an elected official's conduct constitutes an `expenditure' that is made `for the purpose of influencing an election,'" wrote Langhofer. "Horne's argument, if accepted would have the effect of bringing all or virtually all criticisms of elected officials under the umbrella of campaign finance regulations."

Which is precisely what Horne was intending -- the chilling of free speech critical of him.

In fact, the letter Horne's lawyer wrote to Cox Media, saying that she represented "Tom Horne, Republican Attorney General," and her threat that Cox could be found guilty of "broadcasting in furtherance of illegal activity," constituted a blatant misuse of Horne's position as the top law enforcement official in Arizona.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The stupidity of people is boundless. Ethics matters.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO when will HorniBoy face the State Disciplinary Committee? I want front-row seats!

Maybe Rachel Alexander can race back to Arizona to defend this fool. LMAO.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Can't we just deport the ILLEGAL HornyBoi back to his native country of Canada?  It should have happened years ago when he was banned for life by the SEC!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

LOL...well done.

Arizona sure loves their dipshit politicians for sure.

Thankfully this POS will slither back under the rock he slithered out from soon.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Any ordinary person in Arizona or professional in Arizona would be dismissed from their jobs immediately at a hint of impropriety. Those in positions of trust are dealt with swiftly -- no presumption of innocence in Arizona's zero tolerance standard.


So why shouldn't the same policy apply to the top law enforcement and lawmakers as well?  The state Attorney General determines who lives and who dies in the state, who remains in prison for decades, while working to take away the established rights of the people. 


To operate in such a shameless manner is disturbing. There should be psych evaluations for these positions of power, held by narcissists, just as they demand for other professionals.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Well for a attorney who was barred from stock market due to illegal and unethical behavior and whom got Arizona voters to ignore this little ethics slip of character, Arizona gets what it deserves! A less than stellar attorney general who might one day be a inmate in a federal prison if he is not as slick as he seems to be so far!

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

Horny found an attorney who seems to be more ignorant than himself. How interesting...

dogbiter
dogbiter

right... you are a relentless idiot.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Actually it's the other way around... it will be fun next year to watch Arizona libtards crash and burn.  And when they all fall they will fall hard.  Mark my words!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  

Problem is in Arizona is the courts are as thick as thieves with misconduct by prosecutors and continually close their eyes to it. 

"Kozinski says it is incumbent upon the courts to hold prosecutors accountable for their misconduct, particularly since no other mechanisms for accountability are proving effective"

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Arizona's prosecutors refuse to acknowledge wrongful convictions and Brady violations. Why? 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Where's the transparency, oversight and accountability for the out of control top prosecutors who have absolute immunity? They have shown they are fallible like so many others. It's time for absolute immunity to end oust them out of office. 


Shades of Andrew Thomas are totally unacceptable!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


Arizona is a divided electorate, 34% GOP, 31% democrat and remainder independents and minority parties so this mythical majority you think will rule forever is just that a myth! If the GOP had a life long majority no democrat would have ever been elected governor and attorney general as it was in that not so distant past!:-)

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@robert_graham Well, bobby, I have read a number of your comments, and they all confirmed my first impression: Mental Midget

Here's a possible explanation for that. You might be a candidate for evaluation under the First Sentence of Mental Thermodynamics. Goes as follows:

Your actual IQ can easily be determined by taking your basic IQ digits, subtract the environmental temperature in degrees Celsius and - voila - there's your actual IQ. I heard that it is supposed to be a very reliable method. It also suggests, though, that you would be better off to stay away from the hotter areas of this country, such as Arizona or Central and Southern California.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  i hardly doubt the liberals could fall and crash worse than twits like Horne and Pearce have...............maybe its your personal support that is giving them the kiss of death Robert (it isnt helping Arpaio any either)

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_graham 

Right wing nut jobs like yourself are on their way out, even their leader is calling them the retards that they are.  Moderates will carry the day in the next election in a return towards common sense.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ 

Totally agree, Absolute amunity is total BS.

Time to start holding all them accountable.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

DPS, didn't little Robert threaten to kill you with a large caliber bullet? I say haul his ass to Shurf Joe....

Jukes
Jukes

@danzigsdaddyYes, an endorsement from robert_graham, or whatever his name is this week, is like getting on the Sports Illustrated cover.  A guarantee for defeat.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

DPS, the story is Florence Detective who was fired/rehired facing retaliation. You made a comment and then Robert stated that you need a large bullet in your skull.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I have to find the story but Robert directed his comment at you DPS.

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