Arizona

Jul 3, 2013 6:20 PM by Associated Press

Yavapai County Attorney to investigate Horne Campaign Finance

PHOENIX- The Yavapai County Attorney's Office will investigate allegations that Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and one of his aides violated campaign-finance laws during Horne's 2010 election campaign.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/12ecS37 ) reported Wednesday that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk will oversee the case.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery accused Horne and Kathleen Winn of collaborating to quickly raise more than $500,000 to fund negative ads targeting Horne's Democratic opponent during the 2010 election.

By law, candidates are not allowed to coordinate certain activities with independent-expenditure committees.

Horne defeated ex-prosecutor and bank regulator Felicia Rotellini by about 63,000 votes out of a total of 1.6 million ballots cast in the 2010 general election.

Horne and Winn say they did nothing wrong and that authorities have misinterpreted evidence.

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