Tom Horne's High-Priced Legal Beagles Cannot Explain Away Horne's Blatant Corruption

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Horne, kissing his political career goodbye...

Day one of an administrative hearing into alleged campaign-finance shenanigans by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne found Phoenix attorney Buddy Rake's genteel Texas drawl dipping in and out of the Federal Election Commission's definition of what constitutes illegal "coordination" by a candidate.

That's what Horne is alleged to have done with the independent expenditure committee Business Leaders for Arizona in 2010, when his political operative and current outreach director, Kathleen Winn, set her gun sights on Felecia Rotellini, the Democratic candidate for attorney general.

Rake is part of a four-man team of lawyers representing Horne and Winn. At question is whether Horne and Winn coordinated the creation and financing of a TV ad attacking Rotellini as a pro-illegal, pro-union liberal who "sold Arizona out."


Follow our live Tweeting from the trial at @stephenlemons.

BLA raised more than $500K to air this ad, which is credited with helping Horne get over the hump and beat Rotellini by 60,000 votes statewide.

For this -- and for her work on Horne's 2010 primary campaign -- the soon-to-be outreach director was dubbed by the AG-elect during a victory celebration "the raven of rurals," supposedly because she secured the rural Arizona vote.

(Winn later cracked during a break that this title, mentioned briefly in the hearing, was "like being [called] the best girl at the trailer park.")

See also:
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At the same event, Horne called her the campaign's "secret weapon."

Rake recounted how the FBI, in the course of investigating campaign-finance allegations against Horne (as well as more serious ones involving wire fraud, ob-struction of justice, and tampering with witnesses) visited the Arizona Secretary of State's Office in 2012 and learned that Arizona's law was "vague" on the subject of what constitutes prohibited coordination.

So SOS officials gave the FBI the FEC's definition of coordination, which is more detailed.

"Here's where I think things started to fall apart," Rake told Administrative Law Judge Tammy Eigenheer. "The FBI confused the distinction between communication and coordination. You don't give up any First Amendment rights by forming an independent election campaign."

Rake maintained he was being "generous" when he said the FBI was "confused about what actually consisted coordination."



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WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Maybe Hupenthal should start doing robo-calls that show his support of corrupt elected offices, just like he's doing with his support of private schools!

DNichols
DNichols

I hope "Justice Prevails"?!

Sorry "Baby Face".

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

The saddest part of all this is, these are the sick assholes we trust to represent the law, and yet they find no problem breaking any and all laws while prosecuting those that commit far less crimes putting them in prison for years.


The justice system is a BAD F-ing joke.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Our entire state government is corrupt as hell.

azwi
azwi

Horne is a joke and belongs in jail himself

Reggievv
Reggievv

Why does Arizona continue to blindly vote for this bunch? An attorney general who is a criminal. A Superintendent of PUBLIC instruction who hates public schools. A sheriff, corrupt, and criminal, and a huge waster of public funds. Wake up Arizona!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Horne's done. He won't be able to survive an election for ANY political office.

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

~ people close to him and his history told everyone about this man long before he was in office — how many listened? :|

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Former Mayor Ray Nagin just got convicted of corruption in New Orleans and is facing 120 years for corruption, doubt this news is making Horne, Christie or any other potential corruption defendant feel to good right now!;-)

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

87 calls over 13 days, a job in the AG's office, is Horne tappin' Winn ? peace

robert_graham
robert_graham

There is no corruption. It's only corruption if it doesn't fit your political agenda.  But what about Mary Rose Wilcox's corruption you say isn't. I say it is!

slappy
slappy

Tommy looks like he has a tummy ache. Prehaps, he got ahold of some bad pita?   

DNichols
DNichols

Does "Massive Corruption" in Arizona's Political Leadership still come as a surprise to the Feds?!

"We the People" are quite used to it.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

There's Horne at the top of the page, warts and all. Eeeewww.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself. He's already convinced himself that he is the smartest among the smart. That, in and of itself, will be his downfall.

azwillie
azwillie

Cris, the ONLY thing that will fix this state is having the Feds come in and take over and throw ALL existing elected officials out of office no matter which party they are and then redraw the gerrymandered districts into fair, even districts and hold supervised elections like we do when the U.S. helps foreign countries get started in democracy.


Current office holder should be barred from running for office for 10 years after the Feds clean house.



davewk2002
davewk2002

@MaskedMagician1967  Don't count him out yet.  I thought he was done when he was observed by the FBI in a hit and run accident in the parking lot of his mistress' apartment building.  Unfortunately, Bill Montgomery, our republican county attorney misfiled the paperwork and the case couldn't go forward for prosecution.  If you're an elected republican in Arizona it is written that you can do no wrong...  

Reggievv
Reggievv

No giving good wishes the best for the day. No proof he did anything wrong. That's just what Capone said.

david_saint01
david_saint01

@robert_graham  hiring a mistress and giving her a 108k $ salary, despite having NO legal experience to run an AG's office doesnt seem suspicious to you? How about the fact that when Matt Hendley filed a FOI request about the salaries of those he brought over from the dept of education, he was given codes instead of salaries? hes clearly hiding something, and most people in that office know it. 

azweasel
azweasel

If you would pull your head out of arpaio's ass for a minute, you may see a totally different world. You are as blind as a bat.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If there's no corruption Robert, why did the SOS's Office (held by a Republican) as well as two Republican county attorneys say Horne and Winn violated election and campaign-finance laws?

BTW, MRW beat the corruption charges leveled against her by Arpaio and Thomas.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham  trollololololololololololololol


and not even a good troll at that, you barely rate amateur status

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_graham We'll let a judge decide whether or not there's corruption in the AG office, not a party mouthpiece.  If you have documented facts regarding Wilcox, you know how to contact the MCAO.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@eric.nelson745    As a woman, I must say I am still in shock that this guy has ever had a saturday night date, yet a wife and a mistress!!  

NWEng
NWEng

@TommyCollinsI'm no Bible thumper, but, this seems appropriate:

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."


TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@NWEng @TommyCollins


Close. But in this case I have to wonder if Horne has ever done anything he can really be proud about. He seems to be the guy who subscribes to, "Tis better to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission". I'm still in awe that he didn't take the deal offered to him. But, I have to keep in mind that he would have had to actually admit he committed the crime, which simply ain't gonna happen.


He and the elderly elected official of MCSO have the same philosophy, "Never, EVER, say we were wrong. Even when it's been proven".


Only 87 phone calls between Horne and Winn and the defense thinks it's a witch hunt.

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