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By CRISTINA SILVA
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - The State Bar of Arizona has dropped a campaign finance violation charge against Attorney General Tom Horne.

The State Bar, which oversees lawyer licensing, said in a letter to Horne's attorney last month that it will revisit the investigation once a civil case dealing with the potential campaign finance violation is resolved.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery filed a civil action in October demanding Horne's 2010 campaign and Business Leaders for Arizona return up to $513,000 in contributions.

Candidates cannot discuss strategy or other matters with so-called independent expenditure committees.

But Montgomery says there's evidence that Horne was involved in both raising money and deciding how to spend it on advertising by Business Leaders for Arizona.

Horne's spokeswoman did not immediately respond for comment Wednesday.

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