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Hearings in Horne campaign finance case set for January

Attorney General Tom Horne and Kathleen Winn (submitted photo)

An administrative law judge scheduled six days of hearings in Attorney General Tom Horne’s campaign finance case to begin on Jan. 22.

Hearings for Horne and Kathleen Winn, the attorney general’s community outreach director, will run through Jan. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two are appealing Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s findings that Horne illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure run by Winn during his 2010 attorney general’s campaign.

Both have denied the allegations.

Montgomery wants Horne and Winn to repay money contributed to Business Leaders for Arizona, which spent more than $500,000 on television ads against Horne’s Democratic opponent, Felecia Rotellini. A joint investigation between the county attorney’s office and the FBI concluded that Horne and Winn coordinated the independent expenditure’s efforts, and that any money contributed to BLA was therefore subject to the $840 campaign contribution limit for Horne’s campaign.

If Horne and Winn do not repay the money, they could be subject to a penalty of three times the amount of money deemed to have been illegally accepted by Horne and BLA.

Horne is also scheduled to be in court on Nov. 21 on charges that he left the scene after hitting a parked car in a parking garage in March. An FBI agent who was tailing Horne and a colleague at the time said he witnessed Horne back into the car and leave the scene without leaving a note or attempting to contact the owner.

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