AG Horne given week to respond to latest complaint

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has a week to respond to a new complaint alleging he violated state election laws by directing his executive staff to work on his re-election campaign.

State election director Christina Estes-Werther sent a letter to Horne Tuesday giving Horne until May 21 to respond. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission sent their own request for a detailed response Wednesday.

Former Horne staffer Sarah Beattie's 15-page complaint says she was hired mainly to do campaign work and many of the Republican's attorney general's executive staff also do campaign work on taxpayer time.

Horne acknowledged his staff does some campaign work but says it is on their own time. He called Beattie's complaint the product of a bitter former employee being used by her attorney.

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