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Horne amended campaign reports after learning of investigation

Just days after learning that the FBI was investigating him for alleged campaign-finance violations, Attorney General Tom Horne amended nearly all of his finance reports from his 2010 campaign, including one that now shows previously undisclosed contributions from his sister and brother-in-law, central figures in the allegations against him.

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Horne uses accuser’s words against him (access required)

Using his accuser’s own words against him, Attorney General Tom Horne emphatically denied allegations that he illegally collaborated with an independent expenditure campaign in 2010 and labeled the prosecutor’s actions as a tactic aimed at preserving his job.

In a press conference today, Horne quoted several comments made by Don Dybus, originally reported in the Arizona Capitol Times’ sister publication, the Yellow Sheet Report.

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Horne: Dybus was about to be fired

At about 6:30 last night, Horne's office fired back against Don Dybus' allegations, saying the prosecutor only filed the complaint with Bennett's office to give himself whistleblower protection because he knew he was about to be fired.

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Complaint alleges Sproul played a role

The complaint also alleged illegal coordination by GOP consultant Nathan Sproul, who worked for BLA during the campaign. Dybus accused Sproul of providing regular campaign advice to both BLA and Horne himself, and credited him with securing the $350,000 contribution from RSLC, which was co-founded by Republican operative Karl Rove.

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Horne denies allegations, fires back at accuser

Attorney General Tom Horne denied allegations that he violated campaign laws in 2010 and accused the prosecutor who made them of filing a complaint because he knew he was about to lose his job.

In an email on Monday evening, Horne spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico said the attorney general did not illegally collaborate with Kathleen Winn, the chairwoman of a pro-Horne independent expenditure that spent more than a half-million dollars on attack ads against his Democratic opponent.

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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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