Joe Arpaio's Paid, Campaign Computer Guy Also a Maricopa County Employee
Sheriff Joe's pimp-daddy money-grubber, Chad Willems of Summit Consulting
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's financial disclosure forms for his re-election campaign show an ocean of greenbacks flowing into the coffers of Summit Consulting, the firm owned by local Republican consultant Chad Willems.
Willems is one of the political geniuses who ran former state Senate President Russell Pearce's disastrous 2011 recall election. I'm hoping he does as well with Joe's sixth run for sheriff.
Win or lose, though, Willems makes bank. And will continue to do so till people figure out that he's just a high-rent, North Scottsdale version of Constantin Querard.
But I digress.
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Other than the rent Arpaio pays himself on his Fountain Hills campaign headquarters and a few other expenses, most of the items listed as "expenditures" on Joe's finance forms go to Summit, with precious little explanation.
Summit is the recipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars per expense, payment for generic "fundraising, consulting, adm."
One exception to this rule is Isnet Softwares, LLC, which since 2008, according to Joe's financials, has earned more than $30,000 in payments, usually for "web administration."
Isnet is owned by Rafael Smith, a former employee of Sheriff Joe's, who now works for Maricopa County's Office of Enterprise Technology as a senior programmer/analyst at a salary of $77,000 a year.
As a merit system-covered employee, Smith is required to inform the county in writing of any moonlighting.
He also is required to adhere to a scrupulous policy regarding political activity. Any political work on duty is a no-no, for various legal and ethical reasons.
For instance, the federal Hatch Act restricts certain political activities for employees of state and local governments that accept federal funds.