- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court is refusing to overturn an appeals court ruling against a political group that spent about $1.5 million during the state’s 2010 attorney general race.

The high court on Tuesday left in place the ruling that found a television commercial by the Committee for Justice and Fairness advocated for the defeat of then-candidate Tom Horne and was not exempt issue advocacy.

The group is funded primarily by the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Horne is a Republican.

The association claimed its ad confronted issues of child safety.

The 2014 ruling said the committee should have registered as a political committee and filed campaign finance reports.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says while the election is long-over, the decision ensures voters know who is backing or attacking candidates.

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