Tom Horne

 
 
Republican activist who served as the 25th Attorney General of Arizona from 2011 to 2015. Horne lost to Mark Brnovich in the Republican primary for Attorney General in 2014. He previously served as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2011. Horne threatened to sue the city of Bisbee, Arizona, over a 2013 ordinance recognizing same-sex couples. He withdrew the threat several days later when Bisbee agreed to rewrite the ordinance, removing rights reserved for married couples under Arizona law. In October, 2014, a federal judge ruled that Arizona's law banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, and Horne did not appeal. He felt the chance of it being overturned was "zero," and, added, "I think it is over." On May 5, 2014, an attorney representing a former AG staff member and ex-Horne campaign volunteer, filed a litigation hold letter with the Arizona Attorney General's office, alleging that much of Horne's executive office staff is involved in "substantial campaigning" for his 2014 re-election, "while on state time and utilizing State resources," which, if proven true, could "represent a substantial violation of State and Federal laws which prohibit such conduct". The allegations first arose in the AG staffer's letter of resignation, which claimed that the office is "not following campaign laws or finance laws," imperiling her "legal well-being." Horne has denied the allegations, calling them a "complete fabrication." On July 7, 2014, the Arizona Secretary of State's Office released a memo, finding probable cause that Horne violated several campaign-finance laws related to allegations that Horne had employees doing his campaign work on state time, at the AG's office.

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May 29, 2022, Source

Arizona’s Ban On Mexican American Studies Was Racist, U.S. Court Rules
"the program came under scrutiny in 2006 when Dolores Huerta, a Latina labor leader and civic rights activist, gave a speech at Tucson High School and said that “Republicans hate Latinos.” Tom Horne, then Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, labeled Huerta’s remarks as “hate speech.” He ordered a deputy to make a rebuttal speech at the school, during which protesting students taped their mouths, turned their backs, raised their fists and walked out of the auditorium."
Aug. 23, 2017
On Trial, Former Arizona Schools Chief Says Radicals Taught Ethnic Studies Program He Later Banned
"Tom Horne, who ended a popular Mexican-American history program, testified that it taught students to be disruptive."
Jul. 19, 2017

Ruling Gives Ex-Attorney General, Tom Horne, Chance To Avoid $1.2M Fine

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services May 25, 2017 Updated May 25, 2017

"PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court this morning gave former Attorney General Tom Horne another chance to escape a $1.2 million fine for campaign finance violations.
 
In a unanimous decision, the justices said it was wrong for Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, who initially concluded Horne and a former aide had broken the law, to then overrule the findings of an administrative law judge who said there was no violation.
 
”We hold that due process does not permit the same individual to issue the initial decision finding violations and ordering remedies, participate personally in the prosecution of the case before an administrative law judge, and then make the final agency decision that will receive only deferential judicial review,” wrote Clint Bolick for the court.
 
But the justices did  not absolve Horne of guilt. Instead, it sends the issue back for a review by someone, unlike Polk, who is neutral.
 
At issue is $513,340 spent by Business Leaders for Arizona on a last-minute commercial attacking Felecia Rotellini, Horne's 2010 Democrat foe.
 
The group was formed by Kathleen Winn, a staffer in Horne's office, and registered as an independent campaign committee. That status prohibits it from legally coordinating its expenses with the candidate.
 
The FBI, looking into other matters after the 2010 election, came across what it said was evidence that there was communication. The case went to then-Secretary of State Ken Bennett who, by law, had to pass it on to the attorney general's office.
 
But with Horne now running that agency, an aide farmed the case out to Polk.
 
She found evidence of violations, citing a series of phone calls between Horne and Winn.
 
When they appealed, the case was sent to an administrative law judge — essentially a hearing officer — with one of Polk's deputies presenting the evidence against the pair. Polk acknowledged later that she “was involved with the prosecution of the case, by assisting with the preparation and strategy."
 
The result was a finding that Winn's expenses really were contributions to Horne's campaign, contributions that exceeded the limit by $400,000 of what he could take from any one source. So Polk imposed a penalty equal to three times that.
 
Both a trial judge and the state Court of Appeals rebuffed the bid by Horne and Winn to overturn those findings."
What Ever Happened To The Investigations Into Tom Horne?
"More than two years have passed since then-Attorney General Tom Horne, seeking re-election beneath a cloud of controversy, lost the Republican primary to Mark Brnovich. A former employee turned whistleblower came forward claiming Horne was using the Attorney General's Office as a de facto campaign headquarters, with his employees planning events, contacting donors and doing other work related to the race on state time. Horne denied the allegations and called them politically motivated. But no fewer than two separate investigations were launched"
Dec. 8, 2016
Philandering Former Arizona AG Tom Horne Loses Appeal, Still On Hook For $400K
"Anyone remember Tom Horne? You know, the Republican political zombie and onetime Arizona Attorney General who hired his girlfriend, Carmen Chenal, as an assistant attorney general, got himself investigated by the FBI, and was witnessed riding around town with Chenal, wearing a trucker hat as a disguise, as he pulled a vehicular hit and run in a parking lot without leaving a note? Yeah, that guy. Well, he's still alive, eking out a living practicing law with his former defense attorney Sandra Slaton and dodging a $400,000 fine levied on him by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk."
Feb. 24, 2016
Tom Horne Scores New Gig, And Why He Still Needs To Be Punished
Jan. 23, 2015
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne Hobnobs With Radical Nullificationists
"Horne’s staff has confirmed to the New Times that the attorney general will be attending the “Liberty on Tap” event, so we can move on to questioning why Arizona’s top law enforcement officer will be attending an event that appears to promote the radical belief that the county sheriff is the highest law enforcement officer in the nation and has the power to ignore federal laws that he thinks are unconstitutional and to arrest federal law enforcement officers."
Aug. 5, 2015
Horne Vows To Continue 'Crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies
""I went on a crusade against it and destroyed the entire program," Horne said proudly."
Aug. 22, 2014
Legal Woes Pose Hurdles For Attorney General Tom Horne Of Arizona In Campaign
Jul. 11, 2014
Arpaio Endorses Horne's Re-Election Campaign
Jun. 17, 2014
Top Aide To Ariz. Attorney General Tom Horne Resigns
May 16, 2014
Tom Horne Campaign Finance Case To Move Forward
May 14, 2014
AG Horne's Checkered Past Might Just Be Enough For Reelection
"Once again we are being told about the shenanigans of Republican Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. [...] Horne has left a trail of stink dating back to his Massachusetts law school days forty years ago. With his history of crookery back east one can only wonder how Horne ever became a lawyer in Arizona following his serious legal issues involving the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission?"
Oct. 29, 2013
New Ethical Complaint Against Arizona AG Tom Horne
"The Attorney General's Office has doubled as a campaign office for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, a former employee alleges, with top staff working on state time to raise money for Horne's re-election, plan campaign events and discuss talking points to deploy against his challengers."
May 12, 2014
State Investigator Files Scorcher Against Arizona A.G. Tom Horne
"Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne defamed and tried to ruin the career of a state criminal investigator who told the FBI in good faith that she believed Horne may have received $500,000 in illegal campaign contributions, the woman claims in court."
Jan. 21, 2013
Arizona AG Tom Horne's Sex Scandal Scuttles Gubernatorial Bid
"Picture Elmer Fudd as the lead in Oliver Stone's Nixon, and you've got Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in a nutshell. Truly, the FBI's massive, 3,000-plus page investigative file detailing its year-long probe of Horne's office reads like a tragicomic novel wherein a powerful but goofy politician does a colossal belly-flop into a pool of sleaze and chicanery, ending any likelihood that he could become governor someday."
Dec. 6, 2012
FBI: AG Horne Having Affair When Involved In Hit-And-Run
Oct. 31, 2012
Attorney General Horne Hired Carmen Chenal To A Highly Paid Top Post -- 'Cause She's His Goomba
"If you needed the services of a criminal attorney, would you hire a lawyer with no experience in criminal law, who had been suspended from the State Bar of Arizona for 120 days, had not practiced law in five years, and who was still on probation for her past misdeeds?"
Jul. 14, 2011
Here's What The U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission Said About Republican AG Candidate Tom Horne
"A February 14, 1973 SEC document, release Number 10008, said "Horne, among other things, (a) failed accurately to make and keep current certain books and records, (b) violated the anti-fraud provisions of the Federal securities laws, (c) filed false financial reports with the Commission.""
Sep. 14, 2010
Attorney-General Candidate Tom Horne Denied 1970 Bankruptcy
"In a series of annual reports for his law firm, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne wrongly denied having a bankruptcy in his past. Reports filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission from 1997 to 2000 for Horne's law firm show that when asked if any partner in the firm had ever been a partner in a business that went bankrupt, Horne checked "no" and signed the form. In fact, Horne was the president of T.C. Horne & Co., an investment firm that went bankrupt in 1970 and led to him receiving a lifetime trading ban from the Securities and Exchange Commission."
Jun. 20, 2010
The Brains Behind Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Ban
May, 14, 2010
Arizona State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test
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