Tom Horne Accused of Possible Violations of Federal, State Law by Tom Ryan, Attorney for Ex-AG Staffer Sarah Beattie

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Much of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's executive office staff is involved in "substantial campaigning" for his 2014 re-election, "while on state time and utilizing State resources."

This, according to a litigation hold letter made public Monday by Chandler attorney Tom Ryan, who represents former AG employee and ex-Horne campaign volunteer Sarah Beattie.

You'll recall that Beattie recently quit her position with the AG's constituent services division, complaining in a resignation note that Horne's office is "not following campaign laws or finance laws."

In the hold letter, Ryan asserts that Beattie's allegations could "represent a substantial violation of State and Federal laws which prohibit such conduct," and advises Horne to preserve from destruction all documents pertaining to the allegations.

AG Tom Horne, staring into the abyss...

Ryan also offers as evidence of Beattie's charges a campaign flier, which he says was created in the AG's office for a Horne fundraiser, featuring former Republican Attorney General of Virginia and ex-gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

Read Tom Ryan's litigation hold letter to the AG's office.

Of this exhibit, Ryan states:

By way of example you will find attached to this letter as Exhibit 1 is a flyer for your campaign for a Ken Cuccinelli fundraiser for December 5, 2013. This flyer was distributed by Debra Scordato in an email to members of your Executive Office staff. The metadata for the Cuccinelli flyer shows that it was created by "Brett", who upon information and belief is Brett Mecum of your Executive Office staff.

This was created on "11/18/2013 at 3:57p.m." and last modified by "Brett" on "11/18/2013 at 4:30 p.m." Upon information and belief this was created during working hours in the Executive Office suite by Mr. Mecum in conjunction with other Executive Office staff members.

This is just but one of many examples I have learned of improper use of the Executive Office for campaigning for your 2014 re-election process. I have also learned of at least one instance of an order to delete emails related to campaigning that occurred during Executive Office hours and in the Executive Office suite. These facts are deeply concerning to the citizens of the State of Arizona.

See also:
-Tom Horne's Office in Free Fall over Allegations of Using Public Office, Staff for Campaign Purposes
-Tom Horne Gets Help From "Studboi1," a.k.a. Paul Babeu, as Well as Steven Seagal, Joe Arpaio, Kris Kobach, Russell Pearce

Ryan says he was asked by counsel for the Arizona Secretary of State to provide any knowledge that his client has of possible violations of the law. He states that he will "comply with that request by serving that letter tomorrow Tuesday, May 6, 2014."

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Cozz topcommenter

As the HorneDog Worm turns...

How do you trust any of these slimeballs..

Yea, they represent the justice system alright, wonder it's such a corrupt joke.


As the saying goes, Sarah,  qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent.


Tom Ryan vs Tom Horne.

This is gonna be good.


The Cult of Fethullah Gulen Sonoran Science Academy donated lots of money to him. In return, they got his protection from audits of teachers with bad accents and immunity from fraud investigations. TRUTH.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh boy, this is getting quite interesting.

I have a feeling Horne's gonna get help from the Fetid Fossil of MCSO.... HorniBoy's gonna need all the help he can get. Especially with Tom Ryan nipping at his heels....


Why are Arizona's Corrupt Assholes never prosecuted?!

Any ideas:








We don't have enough of our own sleaze?  We have to import it? 


Horne keeps lowering the bar for absolute sleaze.  Cuchinelli?   Really?  LOL


Lemons - you're missing the bigger picture.  Your sheriff buddy has violated this (along with the Hatch Act) ever since he has been in office.  The county 'very quietly' terminated an employee named Rafael Smith cause he was running the Sheriff's campaign website.  But, I guarantee they made it appear as something else.  All you have to do is look at his campaign payouts.


Oh Snap.  Horne's little tummy will be hurting tonight. 

As I stated before, Horne is a "walkin - talkin" crime scene.  He should be required to carry his own evidence tags, mug shot, and crime scene tape.  

Flyer9753 topcommenter

And the Arizona Republican clown show continues...

So sad... 

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Horne must be really stupid having Ken Cucinelli stump for him. Mr. Cucinelli is damaged goods, you know. He fought to keep Virginia's anti-sodomy law on the books and during his campaign for guv made a big deal of oral sex, insisting that a law prohibiting it remain on the books as well. And he lost the election. It is unknown how close he was to ex-guv Bob McDonnell but investigators were looking at his possible connection to the guv's many alleged misdeeds.

Cozz topcommenter


Because the corrupt assholes are in charge.



Who the hell is going to prosecute them when they are the ones who are supposed to be upholding and enforcing the law?

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Because they rewrite on introduce new laws to protect themselves every time they get caught?

If that isn't the answer to your sure seems like it, doesn't it?

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Flyer, this is getting interesting.

We may be able to rid ourselves of two corrupt assholes (Arpaio and Horne) sooner than we thought....

Go to the bathroom now and get drinks and popcorn and come back for the finale....

TommyCollins topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Eric, please take a minute to reflect. Seagal. Arpiso. Babeau. Pearce. Kobach.

Why not Cucinelli? He may be the cleanest of the bunch. Maybe Horne is trying to clean up his image.

Naw. You're right. It was yet another stupid move by a stupid man.

WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux @DNichols  Well, Candy Andy did get disbarred and is now selling aluminum siding door to door!

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

But Candy Andy wasn't indicted by the Feds for abuse of power WK.

I still have my perp-walk song ready to go for the day that happens though...

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