Feathered Bastard

Tom Horne's High-Priced Legal Beagles Cannot Explain Away Horne's Blatant Corruption

Day one of an administrative hearing into alleged campaign-finance shenanigans by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne found Phoenix attorney Buddy Rake's genteel Texas drawl dipping in and out of the Federal Election Commission's definition of what constitutes illegal "coordination" by a candidate.

That's what Horne is alleged to have done with the independent expenditure committee Business Leaders for Arizona in 2010, when his political operative and current outreach director, Kathleen Winn, set her gun sights on Felecia Rotellini, the Democratic candidate for attorney general.

Rake is part of a four-man team of lawyers representing Horne and Winn. At question is whether Horne and Winn coordinated the creation and financing of a TV ad attacking Rotellini as a pro-illegal, pro-union liberal who "sold Arizona out."

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