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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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Attorney: Babeu’s ex-lover denies hacking allegations (access required)

Attorneys for the ex-boyfriend of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu proclaimed their client’s innocence today, saying he never hacked into the lawman’s campaign websites.

Adnan Horan, attorney for Jose Orozco, a Mexican citizen who claimed in a news article that Babeu threatened him with deportation after their relationship disintegrated, held a news conference announcing Orozco’s denial of any wrongdoing, but Orozco was absent and Horan answered few questions.

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Babeu shops investigation into allegations against him (access required)

After a flurry of announcements and a press conference late today, confusion reigned over who would investigate allegations involving Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s and his gay ex-lover.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced today that Attorney General Tom Horne will handle the investigation. Earlier in the day, Babeu said he wanted Gila County officials to conduct the investigation, but they declined.

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