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Court rules on group's critical Horne ad in 2010

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An Arizona appeals court has ruled against a political group that spent about $1.5 million during the state's 2010 attorney general race on a TV commercial that was critical of Republican candidate Tom Horne.

A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a lower-court judge who concluded the commercial by Committee for Justice and Fairness was issue-oriented, rather than advocating for Horne's defeat.

The group is funded primarily by the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

"Today's ruling upholds the principle that outside interest groups cannot hide behind attack ads like the ones funded by the Democratic Attorneys General Association through CJF," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said. "Regardless of what has transpired since, these ads were false and unfair."

The association claimed its ad confronted issues of child safety, but the appeals court says the only purpose for running the TV spot was to advocate for Horne's defeat.

The appeals court says should have registered as a political committee and filed finance reports.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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