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Report: Ariz. AG denies he worked with committee on ads

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 3, 2012


PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says allegations that he worked with an independent expenditure committee to run ads against his 2010 Democratic opponent are false.

According to The Republic, Horne denied being involved with Business Leaders for America, which raised and spent $500,000 to run television advertisements attacking Felecia Rotellini.

Horne, a Republican, defeated Rotellini in 2010 to become the state's top lawyer.

The attorney general told The Republic the accusations were "conjured up" by a disgruntled employee and former campaign supporter, Don Dybus.

Dybus, the whistleblower, filed a complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office in February. The office released the complaint on Monday.

A state official told The Republic the complaint was forwarded to the FBI. However, the FBI would not confirm or deny the investigation.

Horne told the newspaper that he has not been contacted by the bureau, but some of his employees have.

He said he has retained a personal attorney to represent him in the matter.

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