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Settlement conference scheduled in Horne campaign finance case


Tom Horne The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office has scheduled an informal settlement conference in the campaign finance case against Attorney General Tom Horne.

Attorneys for Yavapai County and Horne will meet in Prescott on Jan. 30 to discuss a possible settlement to the allegations against Horne and a top aide. Horne and Kathleen Winn, who ran a pro-Horne independent expenditure committee called Business Leaders for Arizona in 2010, are scheduled to go before an administrative law judge for an evidentiary hearing in the case on Feb. 10.

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has accused Horne and Winn of illegally coordinating their campaign activities in the run-up to the November 2010 election. Polk has demanded that they repay about $400,000 in contributions to BLA that she deemed illegal in-kind contributions to Horne’s campaign. Horne and Winn could be subject to fines of up to $1.2 million if the administrative law judge determines that they coordinated.

Horne’s attorney, Michael Kimerer, has said the attorney general may be open to considering a settlement that would include the repayment of funds if the deal does not require him to admit guilt or wrongdoing.

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