Elections Investigators Find "Reasonable Cause" That Tom Horne Violated Campaign Laws

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Matthew Hendley
Attorney General Tom Horne.


Stop us if you've heard this one before: Attorney General Tom Horne is under investigation.

The Secretary of State's Office found probable cause that Horne violated several campaign-finance laws, as a result of former Horne staffer Sarah Beattie's complaint, which essentially alleged that Horne had employees doing his campaign work on state time, at the AG's office. This finding by the SOS's office recommends further investigation into whether Horne broke these state laws.

See also:
-Tom Horne Turned AG's Office Into Campaign HQ, According to Sarah Beattie

According to the investigators for the SOS's office, that kind of work would considered an "in-kind contribution," for his committee as a candidate for re-election, but Horne obviously didn't report that, because if it did happen, using state time to work on campaign dealings is illegal anyway.

Due to the investigation the SOS's office did, and due to finding reasonable cause that Horne committed these violations of law, the case would usually be transmitted to the state's Solicitor General for investigation. However, the Solicitor General is part of Horne's office. Here's how Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says that will work:
The Solicitor General's Office is now tasked with selecting an outside entity to look into the allegations that have been made. Because of a clear conflict of interest, the Attorney General and Executive staff have been walled off from any decisions as to who will be leading the investigation due to the Reasonable Cause Letter issued by the Secretary of State. No one in the Executive Office has knowledge or input into the agency or firm that will be tasked with this investigation.
As you can see in the memo embedded below, Horne had an opportunity to respond to the allegations raised by Beattie, but this investigation is still moving forward.

Tom Horne reasonable cause memo



Horne issued the following statement in response:
These allegations are brought by a woman who has a history of making claims when she leaves employers. I have filed 11 witness statements indicating there is nothing to these allegations. I therefore look forward to this investigation being a complete vindication. The internal investigation will be terminated as there is no reason to have two investigations at the same time. I have instructed my staff to cooperate fully with any investigation taking place.
The SOS investigators didn't completely agree with that, stating in the memo:
There has been no evidence submitted by Mr. Horne that supports his claim that the Executive Office implemented or followed state law or the Attorney General Memo to prevent campaign activities from occurring during work hours, which could have provided a viable and meaningful defense to these allegations.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

No Brady violations in Arizona? Really? Let's seek the truth! Over 200,000 felony cases - one term in office, 2005-2010 - under disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas not investigated for wrongful convictions, over-charging, over-sentencing, abuse of power and incompetence?

RAMPANT PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/opinion/sunday/rampant-prosecutorial-misconduct.html?_r=1

"The Brady problem is in many ways structural. Prosecutors have the task of deciding when a piece of evidence would be helpful to the defense. But since it is their job to believe in the defendant’s guilt, they have little incentive to turn over, say, a single piece of exculpatory evidence when they are sitting on what they see as a mountain of evidence proving guilt. The lack of professional consequences for failing to disclose exculpatory evidence only makes the breach of duty more likely. As Judge Kozinski wrote, “Some prosecutors don’t care about Brady because courts don’t make them care.”

rh19541954
rh19541954

One can hope this mans evil and bad karma will catch up with him and he will soon be in some federal prison where he can do not more harm to Arizona!

Reggievv
Reggievv

Horne also repeated his very proud vendetta against the TUSD elective program saying TUSD forced segregation on all ethnicities like the South years ago, and was teaching them Marxism and that all Mexican-Americans were victims. He boasted, we stopped that.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Congratulations. At a forum in Kingman last night Horne was called the best attorney general in Arizona's history. And Horne stated that he is being victimized by the liberal Phoenix media. Not the New Times, but the Arizona Republic and the Capitol Times. Who knew?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Remember how old "Cato" used to utter "Carthage Must Be Destroyed in Latin" as a reference to getting rid of the MAS program in TUSD? The Horne Dogg, - and his sleazy successor at ADE, Huppenthal - like to think of themselves as strong and virtuous in the classical sense - hence, their self references as "Cato" and "Thucydides." Considering their total lack of ethical conduct, and come to think of it, their boorishness and low class, I'd like to suggest we give them new classical nicknames - Caligula and Caracalla.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Couldn't happen to a nicer fellow. Best of luck with that (snicker).

Yours Truly,

A Local MMJ Patient

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

HorniBoi should start suffering sleepless nights.

He's the third biggest unindicted criminal in Arizona, behind Arpaio and Thomas.

rh19541954
rh19541954

Well he has been banned from stock exchange, guess he might soon find he is going to be banned from free society for a while anyway!

slappy
slappy

Tommy Boy, you have made alot of enemies.  Cut a deal and move on with your life. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

As a side topic, I got a campaign mailer from Candy Thomas today - paid for with clean elections (taxpayer) money, and it is such a load of horse crap that it stunk up the whole neighborhood!  His "conservative scorecard" on the inside left off the FACT he was disbarred for his corruption that cost the tax payers 10's of millions of dollars!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Those Chinese Walls are crap - I've worked at many a law firm and saw those "walled off" go in to attorney's offices and files after hours and get the information they want! 

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Surely you jest, Not Tom HorneyDog....

Too funny....Comedy Central has got nothing on Arizona.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Does it feel like the walls are closing in on you, Tom? Are you at least a bit claustrophobic? Well, I am and I would be freaking out about now if I were in your shoes.

rh19541954
rh19541954

@Reggievv 


If you read much of the commentary on the local newspaper in Kingman Daily Miner its a extreme right wing leaning paper just as the general community is, its a die hard republican strong hold, not surprising that its also home to a large white supremacist group! Timothy McVeigh of Oklahoma city bombing fame had him a bunker in that county where he planned and plotted his infamous crime, the rogue minute man on death row who murdered that little Hispanic girl south of Tucson fled to Kingman area just north of there in Mohave county seeking aid for his wounds! A coincidence? I think not!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Reggievv 

Wonder what kind of drugs their doing over there....

fsmith3
fsmith3

@MaskedMagician1967 You haven't been paying attention to Brewer, I'm guessing.  Wait until you see what another sleaze, Brnovich, can do, Arpaio has endorsed Horne. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@rh19541954 He was born in Canada, and i think he's the example of a criminal alien that should be deported.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows 

Can't wait to get mine so I can write "Criminal" across it and send it back to him.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce is the 4th biggest unindicted criminal in Arizona, behind HorniBoi, Thomas and Arpaio.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Cozz @WhoKnows The REALLY disgusting thing is that my taxdollars are paying for this mess of lies to wind up the the mailboxes of people even more stupid than Candy!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'm writing "I know all about your criminal acts Andy" Cozz.....

He should start worrying the feds will come knocking with indictments and arrest warrants,

fsmith3
fsmith3

@MaskedMagician1967 I'm not sure if he's the "biggest" criminal in AZ, but he certainly would be on most folks' top ten list.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967

"i know what you did last time you held a law license"

that might sound better

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