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FBI investigating Tom Horne for campaign violations

Federal authorities are investigating Attorney General Tom Horne over allegations that he illegally collaborated with an independent expenditure committee that spent more than a half-million dollars on negative ads against his Democratic opponent in 2010, the Arizona Capitol Times has learned.

A complaint filed in February by a prosecutor in Horne’s own office - and a onetime political ally of Horne - alleges that the attorney general collaborated with an independent expenditure called Business Leaders for Arizona, which received $115,000 from Horne’s brother-in-law in California.

The complaint, filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, also alleges that Horne rewarded the chairwoman of the campaign group with a high-paying job at the Attorney General’s Office.

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And $1,500 for tow truck management… wait, what?

The expenditures listed on campaign finance reports for political parties typically are what you would expect: salaries, office and travel expenses, website development, bank fees, polling, rental fees for events and political consulting fees. Something stands out, however, on the Arizona Republican Party’s state campaign finance report.

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