Joe Arpaio's Sycophant Don Shooter Wants to Give Joe $1.5M of Your Money (Update: Shooter Amendment FAILS in Senate)

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Don "Teacher-Terror" Shooter wants to give crusty ol' Joe $1.5 million of your dough...

Note: Please see update below.

Think Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's been doin' a bang-up job lately, and not just on that broken arm of his?

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I mean, we hardly see "America's toughest sheriff" these days after his slip and fall earlier this year. Maybe he's holed up in Fountain Hills driving Ava crazy or maybe MCSO flack Lisa Allen is doing some kind of weird Weekend at Bernie's thing with his corpse. (See note below.)

Either way, you reckon he deserves an additional $1.5 million he can do pretty much any dang thing he pleases with?

Well, seems GOP state Senator Don Shooter, the guy known for allegedly bum rushing school receptionists, does.

Today (Wednesday) the Appropriations Chair offered an amendment to a budget reconciliation bill in committee that would hand over $1.5 million in funds from the state's Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission "to a county sheriff of a county with a population of more than three million persons."

Um, which would be Arpaio, as Maricopa County is the only one that fits that bill.

Ostensibly, the loot would be for "safety equipment worn or used by peace officers employed by the county sheriff."

Thing is, Arpaio doesn't have a great track record of spending public money according to its intended purpose.

Remember that $100 million the MCSO swiped in taxpayer-protected jail funds?

Or the manpower that was supposed to go to investigating sex-crimes cases in El Mirage and elsewhere that was diverted to Arpaio's pet projects, everything from training Honduran cops to chasing Arpaio's political enemies?

According to the state's GIITEM statute, the MCSO already gets $1.6 million right off the bat, so this amendment would ensure they get even more.

Oh, and screw all you little counties, BTW.

The other Republicans on Appropriations went along with Shooter on this one. Only the Dems voted no, and the measure passed out of committee on a 6-3 vote.

Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo is hoping to neuter Shooter's amendment when Senate Bill 1490 goes to the floor tomorrow.

"We believe we have the votes to strip it off," Gallardo told me this afternoon. "Dems need to stand firm on this one."

Gallardo pointed out that Governor Jan Brewer needs the Democrats to move her Medicaid expansion package, which is seen as a done deal at this point.

So unlike in past years, the Dems actually have the leverage to remove stupid stuff like Don Shooter's bend-over gift for Joe.

As long as they don't wussy out. We are talkin' about the Dems, here.

Note: On Channel 3 Wednesday night, I actually caught a fleeting glimpse of Arpaio next to that former D-backs dude Mark Grace. Some sort of bs about the guy getting a DUI. (Who cares?) Anyway, apparently Arpaio lives, though I could have sworn that was Lisa Allen propping him up from behind.

UPDATE May 16, 2013 1:30: Don Shooter's "We Love Joe Arpaio, Let's Give Him $1.5 Million" amendment to Senate Bill 1490, went down to defeat in the Committee of the Whole today, 15 nays to 14 yeas. Congrats to Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo for rallying the troops on this one, and kudos to a couple of key Rs for doing the right thing. Gallardo says it's dead in the Senate, unless some Joe-worshipper in the state House tries to tack it on in the near future. Which is possible.


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DNichols
DNichols

This clown Shooter looks like he shops for shirts with Russell Pearce, and his Nazi pal's?

JasperJR
JasperJR

I am just so glad that these Republican Douche Nozzles are 3000 miles away!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

This may well be a reasonable allocation, and if Maricopa County had a Sheriff that we could trust, there wouldn't be any question about it.

Just another way that Joe actually hurts the law enforcement effort.


yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

It's too bad that this issue was quickly politicized.  Does the end justify the means?  I'm certain that if the reason for the request of money was publicized Gallardo would have backed off.  This money has nothing to do with Arpaio, as much as lemons attempts to spin it. 

Shame on Gallardo for being anti law enforcement. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Hey Stephan, follow the money. I would be shocked if Shooter was pushing this amendment for any reason other than his own self-benefit.This money has a purpose and will be spent on something specific.Find Shooter’s campaign donor, colleague, business partner, in-law, sibling or child that benefits from that spend and you’ll find the reason for the amendment.My guess is that someone in Shooter’s life will be earning a “commission” from, serving as a broker for, sits on the board of, owns equity in or draws a salary from the company that will ultimately be the recipient of this $1.5 million when it is spent by Arpaio.Follow the money, Stephan, follow the money and tell us where it leads.

logicman
logicman

Can anyone compare the annual dollars saved in MCJ and tent city operations costs compared to a typical county jail of that size?  Then after that we can talk about if this 1.5 mil is deserved or not.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

More proof that the Tea Party is not fiscally conservative.  They never have been.  Forget about funding head start.  They would rather give it to Arpaio so he can seperate families.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Arpaio deserves that additional $1.5 million and yes he can pretty much do anything he pleases with it.  You only question it because he doesn't say he'll spend it to suit your needs.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@valleynative Actually...it's just another way politics actually hurts the law enforcement effort. 

Gallardo is anti law enforcement. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks You may have access to this info more quickly than I can find it, but it would lend perspective to this discussion (and even possibly cause me to retract my comment below).  I've seen some suggestion that the AZ House/Senate Joint Legislative Committee (JLB) routinely (possibly annually) allocates a portion of the non-DPS designated/local law enforcement GIITEM funding directly to MCSO or at least did so in the past.  Is that true?  If so, was a specific allocation to MCSO contained in any of the past 5 state budgets?  If so, how much?  That would lend perspective as to whether this is something new with Shooter or something that is routine and annual.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public sounds like a bribe to get out of potential charges to me..but of course no one will even think to investigate the coincidence that this comes when charges are pending against him for the school incident...like i say, Chicago aint got shit on AZ...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@logicman MCSO saves NO money, and in fact ADMITTED to ILLEGALLY spending $100m of dedicated jail funds.

And look at how the Sexual assault unit was stripped of money and people (including an extra $660k given by the BOS) so that Joke could stage his media circus events.

If you look at REAL data, MCSO is VERY poor at doing their jobs - it's all a media stunt.


And when you talk about "money saved" by this idiot, don't forget the $70m paid out in LAWSUITS because of this unprofessional org and it's "leaders!  (MCSO has more lawsuits today than L.A., Houston and Chicago COMBINED!)

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@dennis20 The money is already earmarked for law enforcement...its not new money, its simply the proposed allocation of funds.

Be less dishonest.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dennis20 While I don't support Arpaio, I don't see anything wrong with deporting illegals. If it separates families, that's only because they made the choice to not remain together.

When lawbreakers are sent to prison, it separates families.  How is this different?


robert_graham
robert_graham

@dennis20 Neither are the Dems conservative. They want to raise taxes to give out free entitlements.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  you want Joe to get that money? you say you are part of the Tea Party.............give up the  tax exempt status for the Tea Party and pay extra taxes your self if you want him to have more money. you scream and cry that you dont want to support illegal aliens through taxes, so why should we have to pay for what you want with our taxes? if the Tea Party wants to be exempt from paying taxes to support the government..........they should have absolutely NO say in the government. if they dont want to pay in to support America, leave it, no one will stop you

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  why havent you answered my questions Robert?  you are going out of your way to avoid them. i asked you, what if i told you my name was Michael Marks and wanted you to remove my name from your list but dont want to change my vote? you said you would remove  names. are you  telling me the only way to get names removed is if they vote your way and support your candidate or refuse to vote for what they believe in? are you saying the only way people can maintain their privacy is to cave in to your demands and give up on their own beliefs and support yours instead? are you denying people their privacy unless they conform to your wishes? that is extortion and voter intimidation Robert and is illegal. you keep saying its okay for you to do it because some black panthers did it. that doesnt make it legal at all. i have no affiliation with the black panthers, so why do you feel what they did to someone else justifies you doing it to many others? i have never posted your info nor have i asked for it, so what justifies you posting everyone elses info? if you have a problem with others doing it, you need to tell Joe to do his job and go after them. instead you decided to break the law and try to intimidate and use extortion to suit your needs. its still illegal Robert. how can you claim to want to stop crime and criminals while you are breaking the law and are a criminal yourself? other people have gotten away with murder, DUI's and numerous other crimes, does that mean we can all start doing it? no it doesnt, its still illegal. you are breaking the law and your posting that you will remove names if people recant their vote is obvious extortion and you arent even smart enough to see it. you are telling people they have to give up their right to vote in order to keep their privacy and to escape harrassment from you. that is not only illegal it is un-American

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@david_saint01 The charges would be brought by the Yuma County Attorney's Office and the Yuma PD has already recommended them, so I don't know that this is route he would take to insulate himself from charges related to the school incident.  Yuma County borders both Mexico and CA so there would be ways and reasons to funnel this money directly to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office or Yuma County Attorney's Office, instead of Arpaio's Office, if that was his goal.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@valleynative @dennis20  It's differant becuase there are no victims. Arpaio over charges people for working and claims its ID theft and even charges them with several counts.  Would you be cool with a jail sentence for a speeding ticket? The punishment doesn't fit the crime. And Arpaio doesn't deport anyone.  He keeps them in jail until they pled guilty for ID theft, which is not, by definition of the law, what they did. Then he turns them over to ICE who deports them. Not one victim (someone who lost credit, had ID stolen etc...) has ever shown up as a result. Trust me-if they had even one both Montgomery and Arpaio would parade them around, Even Arpaio had his credit card info stolen and used. It wasn't by an undocumented worker.  It's racist bullshit. Hate on undocumented people all you want, when we put our limited law enforcement, jail and court resources into these with hunts, it costs us.  Sex crimes go uninvestigated as do crimes unreported or unsolved. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @dennis20 Why has he not busted a single employer in the 70 raids, he even used to call EMPLOYER sanctions raids?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @dennis20 lol difference is bobbi boi, that Dems dont proclaim themselves to be fiscally conservative the way the GOP and tea party do. So, you just admitted the hypocrisy we all know of..good sign though, means you are out of the denial phase and on your way to recovery! lol

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy I heard the IRS Commisioner was fired and Holder defended the AP subpoenas. At least he has done one thing right so far.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy why havent you answered my questions Robert?

(I am not trying to avoid you, because I haven't been on here as much lately your questions have been overlooked but I'll try to answer now.)

you are going out of your way to avoid them. 

(No, not true)

i asked you, what if i told you my name was Michael Marks and wanted you to remove my name from your list but dont want to change my vote? 

(I doubt your name is Michael marks but I will remove reference to it anyway)

you said you would remove  names. are you  telling me the only way to get names removed is if they vote your way and support your candidate or refuse to vote for what they believe in? 

(No, not true. It is often mentioned that legally a person can change their minds if they want. I never said you have to change your mind.)

are you saying the only way people can maintain their privacy is to cave in to your demands and give up on their own beliefs and support yours instead?

(I never said that)

are you denying people their privacy unless they conform to your wishes? 

(I only posted what I took from the Maricopa County Elections website so if you want to ciomplain about privacy talk to them.)

that is extortion and voter intimidation Robert and is illegal. you keep saying its okay for you to do it because some black panthers did it. 

(No, there is nothing extortion about it. I never said to change your mind or else, I just told people they are free to change their mind if they wish. Heck how do you know my intentions were to post even the names of people who changed their minds?)

that doesnt make it legal at all. i have no affiliation with the black panthers,

(I never implied you were affiliated with the Black panthers but your thinking is the same as them).

 so why do you feel what they did to someone else justifies you doing it to many others?

(Why do you have a problem with petition signers being known to the world? If you are really proud to sign the petition why would you care if people know who you are?) 

 i have never posted your info nor have i asked for it, so what justifies you posting everyone elses info? if you have a problem with others doing it, you need to tell Joe to do his job and go after them. instead you decided to break the law and try to intimidate and use extortion to suit your needs. 

(Again, I have not extorted anybody. That's just your way of thinking.)

its still illegal Robert. how can you claim to want to stop crime and criminals while you are breaking the law and are a criminal yourself? other people have gotten away with murder, DUI's and numerous other crimes, does that mean we can all start doing it? no it doesnt, its still illegal. you are breaking the law and your posting that you will remove names if people recant their vote is obvious extortion and you arent even smart enough to see it. you are telling people they have to give up their right to vote in order to keep their privacy and to escape harrassment from you. that is not only illegal it is un-American

(No, that's just your opinion.)

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@david_saint01 @JohnQ.Public Per an AP article, "Mike Williams, a lobbyist for the Arizona Police Association, said he requested the money in the budget because deputies need new equipment."  Figure out what equipment is being purchased, where it is being purchased from and you'll have you answer about who is gettig the benefit.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @david_saint01 i know, but whos to say that CA wont use joes help for the future and this wasnt arranged..just seems shady to me..after all, its not like he hasnt done something like this before 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dennis20 @valleynative 

 Sure there are victims.  Take a look at our school system.  Over half of incoming first graders and Kindergarten students don't speak English in the home, which often means that their parents didn't go to school in the U.S. and almost certainly means that they've never had a book read to them in English.   That makes every taxpayer a victim.

It is illegal for them to be here.  It is illegal for them to use somebody else's identity, whether or not that person ever knows about it.   The perfectly fitting punishment for coming here illegally is deportation.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows You're preaching to the choir, but the reason is actually pretty simple.   It's nearly impossible to prosecute an employer.  How do you PROVE that he knew that the employee's id was fake?  It's expensive and time-consuming to even try.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  and nothing but dead silence. Robert seems to have a lot to say until you confront him with the truth. its still extortion and impeding a right as an American to vote and have a say in our government. criminals hide Robert, and thats what you are doing, HIDING from having to answer for your actions

MotherJones
MotherJones

@WhoKnows @valleynative @JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy Technically, a 501c4 can do some political stuff, but the rule of thumb is that it has to do less than 1/2 political stuff to qualify. 501c3's are the ones that are supposed to do zero political stuff. But the definition has become so muddied that it almost doesn't make any difference anymore.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy Robert, you do have enough grasp on reality to know that the acting head of the IRA that resigned was appointed by GW Bush, don't you?  Or do I give you too much credit?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy  "tea party" is not a political designation.  There is no political party named "tea".  It's a movement.  The name is no more political than the word "freedom".


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy A total of ONE org was denied 501c-4 in this whole made up circus.  It was a liberal broup to train women to run for public offoce.


501(c)(4) LAW mandates that these orgs CAN NOT be political in ANY way, and having a name that includes a "tea party" doesn't deserve additional checks?


You once again proved that schools in AZ were bad back in the 70's when you were a little playground bully, Robert!

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy in all seriousness, if you are actually stupid enough to be doing that i suggest you get rid of it like ASAP bobby. Since you admit you are using this to shame people publicly for voting the way they please, which is against YOUR opinion of how they should vote, that IS the definition of voter intimidation. This will get passed on to Recall arpaio, and it will only help them get even more signatures because most people wont stand for that no matter if they are R or D...ps maybe its time i start going around to the different locations and catch you in the act, on video, taking down peoples info. Then you will get to finally meet your hero, well, be a guest of his anyways..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy why dont you post your personal info? you are such a big Arpaio supporter that you have numerous sites dedicated to him. is it because you value your privacy? do you think you are the only person that does? post your info Robert, its what you are saying is fair.  you wont because you know there are wacko's that will use it for improper means, and yet that is what you are subjecting others too

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy your site says you will remove the names if they recant their political choice. that is coercion and is illegal. a given right as an American is to have a say or vote in our government unimpeded and un-coerced. you are trying to coerce people Robert and that is illegal

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