Joe Arpaio Spent More Than $500K on His Boy Bill Montgomery, According to Invoices

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Bill Montgomery: The half-million dollar man, and then some

According to records provided to special counsel Jeffrey Messing by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's political guru Chad Willems of Summit Consulting Group, Arpaio's re-election campaign committee spent more than $500,000 in media buys for TV ads and mailers that ultimately benefited Arpaio's candidate for Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery.

As I reported in a blog item yesterday, Arpaio's campaign was fined nearly $154K, around three times the amount actually spent for a mailer knocking Montgomery's rival in the GOP primary, interim County Attorney Rick Romley. Messing declared that according to state law, the mailer was an "in-kind contribution" to Montgomery's campaign and therefore violated contribution limits.

Although Messing found that the TV ads Arpaio ran bashing Romley were legal, he ordered Arpaio's camp to produce records verifying the total cost incurred "in creating and broadcasting the Television commercial."

Today Messing sent me a set of bare-bones invoices from Summit Consulting indicating "media buys" of $492,783. That's in addition to the $51,736 that the mailer cost.

Various news outlets have repeated the figure of an estimated $700K spent on the TV ads. When Channel 12's Brahm Resnik used this figure recently to question Montgomery about the money Arpaio used to his benefit, Montgomery did not dispute it.

I asked Messing if the invoices, which contain very little information, represented the total amount spent on the TV buy. Messing said he knew no more than what was on the invoices themselves. So the $500K-plus may just be a starting point.

Today I attended a press conference where state Senator Russell Pearce and Sheriff Joe held forth on why they think Prop 203, the medical marijuana initiative, is a bad idea. Montgomery showed up after the press conference. I pressed both Arpaio and Montgomery on the $154K fine, asking Joe if he would pay it and Montgomery what he though about his patron's violation of campaign laws.

Both refused to answer any questions (from me, at least) about the media buys and the fine. Can't imagine why.

You can see the invoiced provided to Messing, here. One is an invoice from Lincoln Strategy Group to Summit Consulting for the cost of the mailer. That mimics the $51,736 figure mentioned in another Summit invoice. So don't be confused by that redundancy.


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CPL Garcia
CPL Garcia

I am so happy I served to protect this crap...

Coz
Coz

Maricopa County Sucks BIGTIME.What a corrupt toilet Maricopa County truly is.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

The real point here is not that Montgomery is Arpaio's lap dog (though he is no doubt preferable by comparison) but that Romley most decidedly was not. Unlike Arpaio, a political animal who has put most if not all of his eggs into the basket of "immigration enforcement", Romley was a professional who understood the complex and manifold requirements and obligations of his office, who was not about to let gross political considerations -- much less those serving Uncle Joe Arpaio -- stand in the way of the honorable discharge of his official duties.

I have never understood why Arpaio was not found guilty of violating campaign finance laws as regards his television ads against Romley. Apparently the fact that Dunn was still on the ballot meant that his ads might have benefitted either candidate rather than a specific candidate: but that is irrelevant, since if Dunn was drawing off votes which would have gone to Romley -- or even if he wasn't -- attacks on Romley would have diverted votes away from Romley and thus away from the candidate most likely to effectively oppose Arpaio's skewed, self-serving, and corrupt values (where it's understood that electability is a necessary but not sufficient condition of "effective" opposition).

In short, it seems that Arpaio escaped legal culpability by some particularly odious technical fault devolving from defects inherent in law, rather than justice. So, while I'm glad that he was found guilty of violations regarding the mailer, I'm offended and frustrated that he was legally exonerated regarding the far more expensive (and influential) television ads, which were a transparent abuse intended, not to elect Joe Arpaio, but to deny election to a professional running for a completely unrelated office who had demonstrated a cool disregard for Arpaio's value system. It's clearly an independent expenditure.

david saint
david saint

lol, so much for bill being his own man...might as well call him jack, as in jack russell terrier, since he is already proving he is nothing more than joes lap dog...

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

"Today I attended a press conference where state Senator Russell Pearce and Sheriff Joe held forth on why they think Prop 203, the medical marijuana initiative, is a bad idea."

I just saw this on KTAR regarding prop 203:

"Arpaio said, "We should never legalize drugs. I have been against that my whole life."

The sheriff said he would start a new posse to crack down on marijuana use if the initiative passes.

"I'm going to give special interest, if it is passed, to make sure the policies are enforced and, if there's any violation of law, people are going to jail," he said."

Way to go, Joe! Make up a new posse every time citizens of Arizona decide something that you, personally, don't agree with. Also great to see he's concentrating on cracking down on medical marijuana patients at the expense of going after Meth addicts and violent criminals.

What a joke this guy is. I hope some of the old people that use it know that he's got them in their sites if the law goes through.

GENO
GENO

TommyC,I believe you're referring to "Queenie". The half breed bulldog and something else. Was confined to the joKKKer's animal prison for 8 years before he decided to give her the boot. That poor dog spent the better part of its life in animal prison. Shows up all how mentally murdered our geriatric (Sheriff) is.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Geno, thanks. I couldn't recall the dog's name...

Shawna
Shawna

I think Joe should have picked up a lap dog for the $50.00 adoption fee.

http://www.maricopa.gov/Pets/A...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Shawna, what ever happened to the dog that MCSO used last year for a media stunt? You may recall, the dog had been a pet of a MCSO units for years, and suddenly was thrown into the spotlight to be 'adopted'....

7776
7776

Why is it so difficult to get such politicians, that are out only out for themselves, out of offIce? One can't but often wonder if some don't have more "hidden agenda" of running for a national office. Power has blinded these people to the point of saying what benefits them. One can't help but wonder, what kind of upbringing they had. Were they not even taught about having integrity, being honest and having the courage to do the right thing?The saying, "One sows what one reaps," sooner or later can't be soon enough.

Stacy
Stacy

That fine was for mailers only. According to campaign finance laws the penalty is 3 times the amount of the violation.

The other invoices are for other like those TV commercials which were not the subject of this complaint. ANYONE can file a complaint... can someone please do it? (TV Commercials)

Mm
Mm

there are your taxes plp a fine use of public money

GENO
GENO

If the old geezer of a gendarme, chooses to appeal and fight the bill. Do you know what that means? He'll hire another "pricey lawyer[s]" to defend his mafia-style KKKrime. I don't think the BOS is gonna approve of his attorney fees. This is probably why he was on the road, raising hyperbole about running for the Prez. Its soley for the purpose of raising $$$ to help his rogue finacially challenged agency.

The JoKKKer could be in deep shit.

Frankg40
Frankg40

Looks like "little" Joe Dana dropped the A bomb tonight with the release of Frank Mundell's letter to the joker. Figures MCSO gives it to Babooo to investigate instead of the FBI.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

For such a small amount, how could anybody think that AARPaio would expenct something from Monty?

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