Clean Elections Commission considers Tom Horne probe

PHOENIX - The Arizona's Citizens Clean Elections Commission will go forward with an investigation into complaints against Attorney General Tom Horne.

The commission came to a unanimous decision Thursday to investigate whether Horne used his executive staff to work on his re-election campaign during work hours.

Horne says he’s not worried about the investigation.

“I filed eleven witness statements saying that the allegations of this one woman are false. So it's pretty hard to believe that the eleven are not telling the truth and that she is,” said Attorney General Tom Horne.

Horne added staff members have a First Amendment right to work on any election they wish during breaks or after work.

Horne’s accuser and former staffer Sarah Beattie filed the complaint in May claiming she was hired to specifically work on Horne’s re-election campaign.

Beattie also reported others in Horne’s office also worked on his campaign during work hours.

But Horne has denied the allegations.

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