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Budget deal raids consumer protection fund (access required)

Thousands of Arizona state workers drop protections

As National Consumer Protection Week comes to a close, legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey are working to pass a state budget that would gut the fund that pays for consumer protection efforts in the Attorney General’s Office and instead use some of that money to sue the Obama administration.

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Clean Elections director recommends action against Horne

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne listens to opening arguments from Yavapai Deputy County Attorney Benjamin Kreutzberg, in a hearing into allegations that Horne and political ally Kathleen Winn, violated campaign finance laws. (Photo by Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic)

he executive director of the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission recommended that the commission officially rule that Attorney General Tom Horne violated campaign finance laws by failing to report staffer time and office space he used for his re-election as contributions to his campaign. If the commission follows Collins’ recommendation at its Sept. 11 meeting, Horne could face up to $1 million in fines.

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