Horne asks Arizona high court to overturn order allowing probe by campaign finance commission

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PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a judge's order that the state campaign finance commission has authority to investigate whether Horne illegally used his staff to work on his re-election campaign.

The Arizona Capitol Times (http://bit.ly/1v0ol8A) reports that Horne's lawyer argued in an appeal filed Monday that the Arizona Clean Elections Commission lacks jurisdiction over privately funded candidates such as Horne.

The commission on Sept. 11 voted to have its staff investigate a former aide's allegations that Horne illegally used his office for campaign purposes and had staffers doing campaign work instead of their taxpayer-funded jobs.

Horne, who denies the allegations, Horne is challenging an order Judge Dawn Bergin of Maricopa County Superior Court.

Horne lost to Mark Brnovich in the Republican primary.

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