Horne aide Winn denies allegations
Published: April 11, 2012 at 9:11 am
Kathleen Winn, a pivotal figure in allegations that have ensnared Attorney General Tom Horne in an FBI investigation, denied the accusations against her and her boss.
Winn, a former campaign volunteer who later ran an independent expenditure committee for Horne, said allegations that she and Horne illegally collaborated in the 2010 campaign and that Horne promised her a job in the Attorney General’s Office in exchange for chairing the Business Leaders for Arizona committee, are untrue.
“Those are completely fabricated. I would stand by what Mr. Horne has said,” Winn told the Arizona Capitol Times.
Horne has vehemently denied the accusations lodged by Don Dybus, an attorney with the attorney general’s Tucson office. Winn works as Horne’s community outreach director, a position Dybus alleges was given as a reward for work with BLA, which raised more than a half-million dollars late in Horne’s 2010 campaign for attorney general.
Winn also said investigators have not contacted her as a part of the probe. Investigators contacted a number of people associated with BLA, including numerous contributors to the independent expenditure.
“I have not spoken to investigators,” she said.
Winn said she could not comment on the investigation or the allegations, though she said she has not been directed to keep quiet. Several contributors to BLA told the Arizona Capitol Times that investigators told them not to comment on the investigation.