Joe Arpaio Scores Measly $20K with Joe PAC

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Who would give this guy $3.4 million? Loads of suckers from out of state...

Former Valley reporter turned Gotham journo Nick Martin reports today on the TPMMuckraker blog that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's political action committee Joe PAC has scored only a little over $20,000 since its inception.

When Arpaio's campaign guru Chad Willems of Summit Consulting announced Joe PAC's formation in September, his press release stated that the PAC's purpose was to "support candidates and causes that promote border security, and combating illegal immigration."

But, as Martin points out, Arpaio's been focused more on fundraising for his own already-bloated war chest. As I reported in January, Arpaio's latest campaign finance report for his re-election effort shows that he had $3.4 million cash-on-hand as of December 31.

Though substantial, that's far less than the $6 million figure Arpaio and Willems had been bandying about for months. That $6 million includes receipts going all the way back to 2008, and counts a rollover of $67,257 from the 2008 re-election campaign.

In reality, Arpaio has only about $600,000 more than the $2.8 million cash-on-hand he had as of the end of 2010.

Certainly, Willems and Arpaio wanted to give the impression they had millions more in the bank, though they'd been careful in parsing their words. You'd think it would be enough to brag about having $3.4 million, but $6 million sure sounds better.

Most of the money Arpaio has raised has been from out-of-state donors, the large majority of them retirees. 


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Tina
Tina

Yes, about a week after the November recall election, when many folks were wanting Arpaio to be the next to go, Arpaio was quoted at the end of a Republic article arrogantly boasting about the $6 million he had raised -- intimating it was cash on hand for his next re-election.  

Since Russell Pearce was brought up here, thought I'd mention that I got an automated poll call tonight, asking me my district 25 voting preferences. (guess both Pearce and I are now in new district 25.)
First question was to choose between (1) Russell Pearce, (2) Rich Crandall or (3) undecided. Second question was to choose between (1) Steve Court, (2) Cecil Ash, (3) can't remember the name, (4) somebody Pierce, or (5) undecided.  Last question was who my second choice of those four names is. also giving the option of "undecided."

Dort
Dort

Of course he gets out-of-state donations.  They aren't Maricopa County taxpayers footing the ridiculous payments for Arpayeso's "errors and omissions", luxury offices, top-heavy command staff, misspending, lawsuits and, oh yeah, that $1M misdirected "payroll" calculation.

Of course WE read PNT, who, thankfully, isn't afraid of his bluster.  But I'm really glad to see the Republic growing a pair and getting back to real, honest and able to prove investigations like they used to do about 20 years ago.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

If 20k is described as measly, how do you characterize $3700?

Enough is enough!
Enough is enough!

Gee! Have the people in Maricopa County finally woken up? Do they now realize that the problem with MCSO is it's Sheriff? How many more lawsuits are the property owners going to be saddled with? Our property taxes keep going up to support this clown! Have the voters finally had enough???

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

It appears that the MCSO shurf is losing his fundraising ability.

OSB is slowly declining into irrelevelence. His endorsement is as worthless as a 3 dollar bill.

I can't wait to see the Old Fool with a pair of steel-cold bracelets being walked out of the Wells Fargo building in Phoenix...

Vic
Vic

Joe Arpaio is the biggest problem in this county right now and a symbol of all that is wrong in the state.  Keep up the reporting on this thug.  These articles are a great service to us.

Guest
Guest

It's all about Joe all the time. The guy couldn't care less about other Rs.

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