Judge clears AG Horne in campaign finance case
After several days of trial and hearing evidence from both sides, administrative law judge Tammy Eigenheer has ruled that Yavapai County did not prove the case of illegal coordination with an independent expenditure committee during Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s 2010 campaign.
In her decision, Judge Eigenheer made note of the fact that the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office acknowledged it had no knowledge or evidence as to the content of phone conversations or the circumstances surrounding e-mails between Kathleen Winn, who headed the independent committee, ‘Business Leaders for Arizona,’ and Horne —- and instead drew inferences.
“It confirms what we’ve been saying all along. There never was any coordination,” Horne is quoted as saying. “Basically, I’m just going to continue doing what I’ve been doing — fighting for the people of Arizona, fighting to close our border, doing consumer protection — and fighting federal overreach.”
Monday’s legal decision by Judge Eigenheer is good news. Horne’s continued commitment to serve the citizens of the state of Arizona is what we have come to expect since he was first elected to the state legislature in 1997. He later served two terms as state Superintendent of Public Instruction before his election as Attorney General.
Attorney General Horne has personally and successfully argued cases before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Arizona.