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Tom Horne Elections Law Case Referred to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk

Allegations of campaign-finance violations involving Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and his outreach director, Kathleen Winn, are now in the hands of Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk after being referred to Polk's office by state Solicitor General Robert Ellman.

Last week, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett sent a letter to Ellman's office, advising him that Bennett had found "reasonable cause" to believe that Horne and Winn coordinated during the 2010 general election.

At that time, Winn was running an independent expenditure committee that supported Horne's candidacy against Democrat Felecia Rotellini. Such coordination would be illegal under Arizona law and could trigger a civil penalty of three times the amount raised by Winn.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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