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Maricopa County rejects funds for Arpaio’s ‘birther’ probe

A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against Sheriff Arpaio and his department, during a news conference Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Phoenix. According to the Department of Justice, after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that the sheriff's department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols, the lawsuit was filed.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors won’t accept private funds to offset nearly $10,000 spent to investigate President Barack Obama’s residency status.

County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent a deputy to Hawaii last month to verify Obama’s birth records.

So-called “birthers” claim Obama is ineligible to hold the country’s highest elected office because they contend he was born in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship and verified Obama’s birth records to Arizona’s elections chief.

The supervisors declined Wednesday to accept private funds to offset the trip’s cost, which The Arizona Republic says include more than $3,500 in overtime payments.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa Allen says the agency will try again to get the board to accept the donations covering more than $9,600 in expenses.

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3 comments

  1. I gave to that fund and as a taxpayer I asked the Sheriff to do his job and investagate the fraud. The rest of America may want to live under system that government tells you what you can and can’t do.

  2. Willard is the original anchor baby and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is short, dumb and a liar! Go find your unicorn…..Ha…Ha!

  3. Is he the sheriff in kenya? No you say? How about Hawaii? no? How about Washington D.C.? Is he a federal sheriff? NO? Oh yeah, just another Arizona lawman asking for papers like the Nazis did.

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