Tom Horne's Alleged Crimes Documented by Attorney Tom Ryan and His Client Sarah Beattie
Chandler attorney Tom Ryan has dropped his daisy cutter on Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office, and there ain't much left standing.
Today, Ryan submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office a 15-page sworn affidavit from his client, ex-AG staffer Sarah Beattie, describing extensive political work and campaign fundraising being done on state time by AG employees and by the Attorney General himself.
Tim Tingle/Arizona Republic/Pool Photo Running his campaign from his state office? Guilty as charged.
In her affidavit, Beattie, 26, tells how she did campaign work on state time under the direction first of AG Outreach Director Kathleen Winn, then Horne himself, once Horne, afraid she would jump to another campaign, upped her salary from $32,000 to $45,000 per year.
She attests to watching Horne himself make "a substantial amount of solicitation calls" from inside his Executive Office, to using a campaign fundraising file marked "Border Patrol" from Horne's office to make fundraising calls, to herself and others creating campaign documents on state time, and trading e-mails that were campaign related.
In addition, Beattie alleges a conspiracy by Horne and other AG staffers to keep all of this campaign work during office time a secret.