Joe Arpaio Fined $154K for "In-Kind Contribution" to Bill Montgomery (w/Update)

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You mean I gots to pay $154K? Jiminy Crickets!

Score one for the white hats. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's re-election campaign was fined $153,978 Tuesday for financing a mailer advocating the defeat of his arch-nemesis, interim County Attorney Rick Romley.

That mailer was to the benefit of Arpaio's bought-and-paid-for toady Bill Montgomery, the guy who takes over from Romley in November. As you no doubt know, Montgomery bested Romley in the GOP primary, and as county Dems failed to field a candidate, Monty becomes C.A., practically by default.

Rewind to August 24. That's when Jeffrey Messing, special counsel to the County Attorney's office, found that TV ads smearing Romley, ads paid for by Arpaio's campaign to the estimated tune of $700K, did not violate state campaign laws.

However, Messing said that an Arpaio mailer advocating Romley's defeat did violate state campaign laws. Messing determined that the mailer represented an "in-kind contribution" to Montgomery, and therefore exceeded contribution limits.

Messing ordered Arpaio's campaign committee to detail the cost of producing the mailer so that Messing's office could assess the specified civil penalty of three times that amount. On September 8, Arpaio's minions complied, informing Messing's office that the price tag for the mailer was $51,736.

Minus the current $410 spending limit, times three, that comes to right around $154K, which Joe has to pony up by October 14 or request a hearing to contest Messing's dictate.

Though Joe's Mr. Moneybags these days, with cash on hand in his campaign coffers of $1.8 million, I suspect the ol' skinflint will contest it.

Messing's August 24 order also stated that Arpaio's committee had to disclose the total amount paid for the anti-Romley TV ads. But there's nothing in today's order indicating that amount was given.

So Joe finally gets fined for something. And the good news is, unlike the $43 million in lawsuit settlements paid out over the years due to the mismanagement of Arpaio's jails, county taxpayers don't have to foot the bill. Rather, Joe's campaign will.

You can read Messing's August 24 order, here. And you can gaze upon Tuesday's ruling, here.

Personally, I wish they could take it out of Montgomery's hide. But I suspect our sadistic, near-senile sheriff will get a few kilos of flesh from Montgomery's puny frame on his own. That is, once Montgomery slithers his way into Romley's old office.

(UPDATE: Please see latest blog entry on this subject, here.)


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Pablo Najera
Pablo Najera

You would think there should be some kind of ethics rule being violated ??

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

Why is it that Lemons is willing to assume that Montgomery will win is beyond me. Michael Kielsky is a printed ballot candidate and a Libertarian and if Democrats would get over the idea that only Democrats and Republicans are the only possible choices on a ballot then there would be some possible justice for the next four years. http://www.kielsky.com/Michael Kielsky for Maricopa County Attorney 2010!

Tks
Tks

I just wrote a sizable check to Sheriff Arpaio's bid to keep his job just to piss you POS off. Thanks for letting me know he needed a little help Lemons! Keep up the good work dirt bag..LOL

KingCast
KingCast

A fool and his money.....

And I'll keep making videos to piss you off so it's a win-win :)

Hank Hill
Hank Hill

The SOB has $1.9 million in his campaign account and Romley lost BIG time. Where's the win?

Kingjurisdoctor
Kingjurisdoctor

WowI suppose you noticed His buddy Kelly Ayotte accepted and kept $10K from Taxmasters.

They are dirty too, name search on my blog or my Kelly Ayotte Senate blog, peace.

KingCast

KingCast
KingCast

And don't forget to watch the Arpaio video where US Senate candy Ayotte and her thugs threw me out after I schooled him on a failed immigration policy in NH 5 years ago. Sorry on the bike right now no time to link but it's all at:KingCast65 on Youtube

Arpaio and Ayotte info:

http://kellyayottesenate.blogs...http://kellyayottesenate.blogs...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Ayotte:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

GENO
GENO

Yolanda, the truth is too painful for them to grasp. Denial can be one's own worst enemy. The more you deny the truth, the more likely you're to suffer from the ill effects of such lies. I feel sorry for those weak minded nativists.

Ed
Ed

I don't understand why the t.v. ad is not consider the same way. This is bullcrap -- the intent is clear. Arpaio wanted to use his saved up stash of cash to bump up his boy -- he intended to contribute to his campaign and that is what he did. Arpaio should be fined triple the amount he spent on those t.v. ads. It's crap that they just decided to focus on the mailers when the intent is the same in the two instances.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

The sheriff and his enablers gamed the system once again. That should be criminal in itself.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ed, the tv commercial never mentioned Montgomery, and it suggested that Romley would be detrimental to MCSO if elected to office, and the Old Goat actually said he is running for sheriff and to vote for him. Thus, the distinction. He rode the very fine line of the letter of law and got away with it. Yes, the indirect result was obvious.

The message was, "vote for Montgomery so we can keep Romley out of office and out of my way as I plunder and pillage once again".

But, once the commercials ran and the votes 'against' Romley were cast it didn't matter. The damage had been done and the Republican party was prepared to pay whatever fines might be levied. Just another cost of doing business the Republican way in Arizona. Which is why I am no longer registered with that party.

Yolanda Miranda
Yolanda Miranda

Daniel Kirk, to you, reading the actual truth is amateur proopaganda, I guess you like reading the lies.

Sheriff Jose R. Pieho
Sheriff Jose R. Pieho

Old Joe gets fined $154,000.00. You can bet your sun roasted ass that old bastard will figure out some way to pawn off the tab on the tax payers. And yet that festering old fool will run in 2012 and no doubt be re-elected. We can only hope the world does come to an end that year.

John Castle
John Castle

Y'know, it's more than a little sick that people actually read Lemons' amateur propaganda. Ilya Ehrenburg did it better, junior.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Apparently you read the article, therefore you must also be "a little sick", eh Daniel?

GENO
GENO

Not to forget Feathered Bastard, that I believed Shurf Ar-PIE-hole, is also responsible for the vile slanderous ads smearing that ethnic traitor--Tom Horne. So therefore, the costs fined to Ar-PIE-hole is much higher.

And boy, I say that's some good news.

Cozland
Cozland

Now, what about Joel Fox the the SCA ?

Shawna
Shawna

This could be a good way to balance the county budget; fine Arpaio and his political hack supporters. These law breaking law enforcement hypocrites need to be taught a lesson, and Maricopa County could use the cash.

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