Maricopa County officials were caught off-guard by the revelation sheriff’s employees provided thousands of dollars to an unregistered political committee with the use of direct deposit from their paychecks. “We didn’t know this existed,” said Richard De Uriarte, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, referring to the employees who each wired a portion of their paychecks to fund a single bank account operated by Joel Fox of SCA fame. Use of direct deposit options is easy for county employees and until recently, the process drew little, if any, attention. On July 13, Fox disclosed to the county elections department the names of employees who gave money to a bank account he operated. The account was used in 2008 to supply more than $100,000 to the Arizona Republican Party.
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