A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is considering Attorney General Tom Horne’s request to block a Clean Elections investigation against him.  His attorney, Tom La Sota argued Monday in court the Clean Elections Commission has no authority to probe allegations by an ex-Horne staffer he used his office
 

as a campaign hub.  La Sota alleges the Commission simply does not the authority to investigate Horne calling it, “illegal”,“unnecessary” and an “intrusion”, especially by an unelected body. La Sota adds it’s further intrusive because Horne is not getting funding under Clean Elections.

 
Joe Kanefield, representing the Commission, begs to differ. He says the Clean Elections Commission has the jurisdiction to probe the Attorney General’s activities, because, to the extent Clean Elections seeks to target corruption, even privately funded candidates like Horne fall under its scrutiny.

 
Judge Dawn Bergin is taking the matter under advisement.

Barbara Villa

 

 

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