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Updated Jun 19, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Arizona commission OKs inquiry of Attorney General Tom Horne

PHOENIX — Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission has decided that
an election law complaint against Attorney General Tom Horne merits a full
investigation.

The commission unanimously approved the inquiry at its meeting Thursday. The
investigation will examine whether Horne violated the law by using his executive
staff to work on his re-election campaign and could end in enforcement action.

Former Horne staffer Sarah Beattie filed a complaint with the commission and
the secretary of state’s office last month saying she was essentially hired to
work on Horne’s campaign. She also alleged that others in Horne’s office also
did substantial work on his campaign.

Horne denies the allegations.

The commission also denied Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s request to appear
in voter education ads while running for governor.

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