- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on Attorney General Tom Horne’s lawsuit seeking to block the state’s campaign finance commission’s investigation into allegations that office employees used work time and resources for Horne’s re-election campaign.

Superior Court Judge Dawn Begin set the hearing on Horne’s suit that contends the Citizens Clean Elections Commission lacks the authority to investigate candidates not participating in Arizona’s public campaign funding system.

The commission voted last month to investigate former Horne staffer Sarah Beattie’s allegations to see whether Horne’s campaign received in-kind contributions.

Commission Executive Director Tom Collins says the commission does have authority to investigate the allegations.

Horne has denied the allegations, although he acknowledged in a formal response that some staff may have done a small amount of work on state time.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide