Joe Arpaio Raises Millions Less Than Suggested
|So who gives money to this guy? Loads of out-of-state retirees|
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his campaign guru Chad Willems have done their best to suggest Arpaio has $6 million in the bank, ready to go for the sheriff's 2012 re-election campaign.
In September, Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini reported that, "Arpaio says that he has collected $6 million for his own re-election campaign."
And in a January 5th press release published on the right-wing Sonoran Alliance blog, Willems -- who ran ex-state Senator Russell Pearce's disastrous 2011 recall campaign -- relayed a similar message.
"Through December 31st of last year, the campaign has raised a record $6 million for a sixth four-year term as Sheriff of Arizona's most populous county," Willems gloated.
But the campaign finance report Arpaio filed on January 18 -- his first since late 2010 -- tells a different story.
As of December 31, Arpaio had cash-on-hand of around $3.4 million. That's only about $600,000 more than the $2.8 million cash-on-hand Arpaio had as of the end of 2010.
During the time period the current report covers -- from November 23, 2010 to December 31, 2011 -- Arpaio had "total receipts" of $1,156,550.
So where does the $6 million figure come from?