Tom Horne Turned AG's Office Into Campaign HQ, According to Sarah Beattie

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The hands of Tom Horne's pal Carmen Chenal, as she tries on some jewelry at Molina's, with Horne and Sarah Beattie nearby

Beattie said she was hired by the AG's office in August 2013 to do fundraising for Horne's campaign.

Initially, she worked for Horne's outreach director Kathleen Winn, during which time, she said she did fundraising, helped with events and worked on a document referred to as Horne's "17 Achievements," which Beattie said was handed out at political events.

But Beattie said she did not like working for Winn, and went to Horne, threatening to quit, because the political season was beginning. She said she needed to find another gig, if she wasn't going to work for him.

"I said I would be willing to work in constituent services...but that I would need a pay raise," she told me. "Horne said, `We need you through November, so please stay.'"

Horne gave her a couple of pay raises, eventually bumping her up an additional $10,000, to $45,000 per year. She then moved to the executive offices on the second floor of the AG's main building.

Beattie said that her role increased with proximity to Horne. But she complained of Horne's sloppiness when it came to maintaining any semblance of a wall between political activity and official duties.

For example, she says Horne often gave out her office number to potential donors at political events, and she would end up receiving calls on that line. She had to admonish Horne to stop doing this.

About three months ago, she claims Horne sent a campaign-related e-mail chain to her AG account by accident. After realizing what he'd done, she says he approached her and asked her to delete it.

"He said, `I really messed up, didn't I? Can you delete that e-mail?'" remembered Beattie.

If true, this would involve the destruction of public records.

Beattie said she found Horne's politically risky behavior worrisome.

Once, she said Horne brought former AG employee and gal-pal Carmen Chenal along as they scouted a location for a fundraising event at Molina Fine Jewelers in Phoenix.

She snapped pics of Chenal's hands, as Chenal tried on rings with massive jewels. The metadata on the photos shows they were taken at the GPS coordinates for the shop's address on October 15, 2013.

In fact, Chenal herself confirmed to me that the photos were legit, and that she had been at Molina's on the day in question.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

FORMER PROSECUTOR IN BROOKLYN WAS CONSUMED BY CAMPAIGN, EMAILS SHOW" 

by Stephanie Clifford and William K. Rashbaum  June 3, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/nyregion/under-fire-brooklyn-prosecutor-was-consumed-by-campaign-emails-show.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

"The emails, sent from Mr. Hynes’s official district attorney email account, illustrate how a veteran prosecutor came to be consumed by his efforts to be re-elected, a campaign that grew desperate as it became clearer that his political career was about to end." 

standwitharizona
standwitharizona

If the "entire staff" was supposedly doing this, then why is only ex-stripper and cokehead Sarah Beattie alleging it?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

One would think the AG's binder would say "Fix Arizona's Broken Criminal Justice System", after running against ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas - abuse of power (and disbarred, April 2012) and restore the integrity of the justice system.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If I were Tom Ryan, I'd get a warrant for a wiretap of ALL HorniBoi's offices (which would enable him to hear what political work Horne is doing on State time).

That would be a start. I also think Ryan should get warrants for all Horne's AG computers, access to his campaign finance statements, etc.

If there's a case, THEN send it to MontyPug (who will likely refuse to prosecute) and the Office of Special Counsel in DC that investigates federal Hatch Act violations.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Lost in the blog: "If any of Horne's employees are officially connected to his campaign, that is a violation of the federal Hatch Act. That said, Horne is one arrogant son of a bitch using office staff to work on his campaign. I wonder that in addition to Horne's legal troubles that we know about, is it likely that the AZ bar ethics committee is looking at bringing him up on charges?"

OHBOY
OHBOY

How credible is Sarah Beattie who deliberately lied that someone else took the binder?  She is not a real profile in courage for speaking up.  Once a liar, always a liar.  Beattie probably didn't get another raise.  Now she is talking.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Let us not forget that Tommy HorniBoi also has had a lifetime ban from the SEC.  And let's not forget he's also from Canada.  Let's put his sorry ass on a plane with Justin Beiber and deport them both!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why am I not surprised?

Go get 'em Tom Ryan! I would LOVE to see Horne fall the way twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce did. That would be as big a show as seeing Judge Snow bitch-slap Arpaio....

DNichols
DNichols

I bet if you asked Miss Chenal,  that Married Mr. Horny has used his office for worse illegall enterprises?!

Hornes "Head" quarters.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Is anyone really surprised by all of this???


I mean, we all want to be surprised, we all hope it's not this way, but really, are we surprised???


After all, this is Arizona... a state I love but a state that is the biggest political shit hole in this entire country... a place where law does not matter, the only thing that matters is who you know and who you blow


All because we have an electorate of blue hairs that spend all their time with their heads buried in the sand, thinking they actually live in the la la land they built in their heads that was never real to begin with...


So glad this state is turning blue...


And before anyone rags on me for the blue reference... if you do, be ready for a tit for tat, blue vs red that you have already lost... are both sides fucked, yes, but there are levels to that 'fuckedness' and the Republicans are winning that contest easily and without even trying....


Which is really sad when you think about it.


Too bad there is not a way to shitcan every single legislater/politician in Arizona (Rep AND Dem, Joe included since he's not a sheriff but a politician) and start over with a clean slate... it would be the best thing Arizona could hope to do

NoOneLikesU
NoOneLikesU

Wire taps cost money. It's not equitable to spend 1/4 mill to start a tap on what amounts to a civil sanction for violating the hatch act.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  ya know.............i would normally say you were wrong about the wire taps catching illicit behavior, because NORMALLY people would cease their activities once they were tipped off they were being watched..................................but Horne doesnt seem to really observe that one does he? i also think Horne is stupid enough to start destroying all the records he was told to preserve and submit (it worked for Joe)

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@OHBOY Spoken like one of Horne's dolts. Any little white lie she told is dwarfed by all the crap Horney boy's done over the years. I hope the FBI is paying attention, and will put weenie Horne behind bars.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@WhoKnows  As much as I would like too.. can't get behind that :)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753  

The best we could do would be to replace our election system with an "instant run-off" system.  Such a system gives less preference to the most extreme candidate from each party, allowing moderates and even third-party candidates to have a chance of being elected.


TommyCollins
TommyCollins

She is quite the lil hypocrite, however. Lying and stealing aren't necessarily quality traits. Sounds like she fit in well as a Horne staffer. I think she's lying about her reasons for quitting.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  Canadians taking over the U.S. grandstanding on the podiums - 24/7 media - using the America taxpayers as fools/tools. Surreal.

teknik
teknik

@valleynative @Flyer9753  That top two initiative that failed would have been nice.


The shame is the primaries combines with folks who only tow the party line.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  No, the best we can do is an equal election system.


No more private money, no donations. 


You want to run, great, you get X from the state of Fed (election depending) and you get X media time, mandatory coverage from the media for X debates. 


You mismanage those, that's your problem, you should have shown you can manage better.


No more ads for a candidate paid for by 3d parties... no more campaign donations of any kind - get caught you are out, if the candidate you are barred from elected office for LIFE, if the giver you are heavily fined and jailed on election tampering.


etc... there are other things I envision, but I you probably get the gist


It's our election system, we should pay for it and be responsible for it and it should be fought on a level playing field

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @teknik@valleynative@Flyer9753 

We need to stop subsidizing the private elections held by the political clubs we call "parties".

They should be paying for their own primaries, and the primary elections and their results should be decoupled from the general elections.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@WhoKnows @teknik @valleynative @Flyer9753  

Have to agree.


The top two thing was never a serious proposal as all it does is mean now the top two MONEY spenders and therefore influence receivers end up in the general.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@teknik @valleynative @Flyer9753  We need an open primary in AZ.  So that ALL primary candidates are on ALL ballots.  Then the winner from each party for each race, goes on to the general....

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@CaptainAmerica @Flyer9753 @valleynative  "Question - Should corporations be limited in what they can spend on commercial advertising? I'm not referring to political speech, purely ad dollars."


Not relevant to the discussion so until you show relevance, I don't see a need to get off topic.


"OUr elections would be filled with people who have no  business running for office and should not be leading others if you simply gave an equal microphone."


Wow.. sheeple much are you? You are straight up advocating for a monarchy and for a select group of people to make the decision of who is qualified, per you, to run the country.


Thanks for ignoring the constitution that says I and every other american have an EQUAL voice as you, and just deciding for me... since of course you are smarter than me, who should lead... 


Arrogant much are you???

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@Flyer9753 @CaptainAmerica @valleynative  OUr elections would be filled with people who have no  business running for office and should not be leading others if you simply gave an equal microphone. This is essentially what clean elections is. Clean Elections gives us people like Carl Seel, Rick Murphy, Randy Pullen, Ed Ableser, etc.

What you are proposing - in utopian terms - sounds great. What you are proposing - in reality - is a disaster. 

And you trust the government to administer this 'equal' system? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@valleynative  


Unfortunately, stupid (or at least ignorant) voters make up the vast majority.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

"Money can't buy votes."--valleynative

Actually, it can. Look at what Arpaio does in terms of campaign money. Hell, he bought and paid for MontyPug. And I bet he paid for Thomas. And what about SCA?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative  Flyer.  We both know VN thinks his "opinions" are facts, and that anyone that doesn't buy into his illogical BS is wrong.  He's unwilling to question his own opinion on ANYTHING (just like YPS.... )

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative  VN - let me ask you this.


I have a BAZILLION dollars... I buy 99% of the air time and run my ads.


Are you really going to sit there and say that my influence is equal to the guy who now only has 1% of the air time???


Sure, stupid people are a part of the equation, but that does not matter.


I have more influence no matter what, due to what I can spend and the number of people I can reach. I did not use my money better, I simply have more of it.


How you cannot see this is amazing... and very sad

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @CaptainAmerica  "There is no concept that people should only have influence equally with others."


I don't think I have EVER read a more moronic statement.


Especially when money buys influence

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @CaptainAmerica  

Says VN, with his tiny megaphone!


Money is NOT free speech.  The rich have NO MORE a right to speak than the poor....  I bet you also think corporations are people.....

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@fishingblues @valleynative@Flyer9753@CaptainAmerica Money can't buy votes.  It can only buy air time.

Air time only influences the votes of stupid people.

 

Education and a better election system would prevent the person whose name is said on TV most often from having the advantage he has today.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @CaptainAmerica  


VN, I'm going to have to side with the Fly on this one.  You are speaking philosophically and philosophically you are correct.  The  Fly is speaking practically and he/she/it has a good point.


Our election system is a freaking mess and money is the messy ingredient.  

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

So now we add "instant run-off election system" to the list of concepts you don't understand.

That wouldn't be bad, if you hadn't stupidly decided that it's somehow unAmerican.  It's being used in many parts of the country, already.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "I am for what America stands for."


LOL! ... except when you're against it.


"The best we could do would be to replace our election system with an "instant run-off" system." 

-- ValleyNative

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @CaptainAmerica  I am not misunderstanding anything. The courts have ruled that limiting speech for equality is not an infringement on free speech, since no one is being prevented from speaking.


I can make you carry weights on your legs in a contest where the rules are everyone is EQUAL and that is the basic tenant of this country.


You have your speech, you can say whatever you want at the same volume as everyone else.


Simply because you have more money, does not mean you can buy more speech, which is exactly what is happening.


Done discussing since clearly you are not behind america, but behind money.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative@CaptainAmerica 

No.  You're misunderstanding what "equality" means.  People have equal value and equal rights and equal opportunities.  If I use those rights and opportunities to become more powerful than the next guy, the government doesn't get to knock me down so that we're "equal" again.

They can't make me carry weights strapped to my legs because I'm stronger than some other guy, and they can't restrict how much I spend on my campaign because I have more money than the other guy.

 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @CaptainAmerica  Sure it is.


What's even more to the basis of this country, equality


You still have your speech, you just have it at an equal volume with everyone else. You can still say whatever you want. That's freedom. 


No ones speech is being taken away, it's simply a level volume for everyone.


There is no such thing as 'free volume' in this country

CaptainAmerica
CaptainAmerica

@Flyer9753 @valleynative  That is a horrible idea. You are talking about state controlled elections and the elimination of free speech. If you think the current system is bad (and I don't necessarily disagree), the ramifications of what you have proposed above would not work in the favor of voters.

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