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Arpaio recall group faces fundraising difficulties

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

A group trying to oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is again relying on only volunteers to gather signatures in a bid to force a recall election against the sheriff.

Thursday’s announcement by the recall group marks the second time since mid-March that fundraising difficulties have prompted it to stop using paid signature gatherers.

Recall organizer Lilia Alvarez says people who promised to contribute to the group changed their minds because a viable candidate hadn’t been lined up to challenge Arpaio.

Alvarez says the group will continue gathering signatures with volunteers.

The group must turn in more than 335,000 valid signatures by May 30 to force an election.

Alvarez declined to say how many signatures have been gathered so far.

Three weeks ago, she said the group had 200,000 signatures.

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3 comments

  1. It amazes me how a group that is supposed to be focused on recalling someone, makes 10-15 requests for cash to every one statement about the recall itself. Do they need signatures? If they constantly called and begged for volunteers, half as much as they do cash, they would have an army of workers by now.

    “Alvarez declined to say how many signatures have been gathered so far”…………She also consistently declines to say where the money is going, How much they have collected so far and how much of it is being used by the organizers as consulting fees and personal expenses.

    If they expect constant widespread financial support from the community, they need to lift the veil of secrecy and be a LOT more transparent about their finances. I want to see Arpaio gone as bad as the next person; he’s a costly embarrassment to Maricopa County and the entire State of Arizona. I do NOT want to see Arpaio gone bad enough that I will funnel cash into a ‘for profit’ operation that pretends it’s none of my business where my hard earned dollars are actually going.

  2. HAHAHAHAHAHA, this article makes me laugh!!! Majority of America want illegal aliens to go back home and here left wing cronies are trying to force Arpaio out. Majority of Maricopa County voters support Arpaio and so do the entire America. Keep trying illegal alien supporters and left wing garbage. The truth always defeats lies.

  3. I went in to the office on Central Ave. last night (29th) to sign the petition. In conversation w/ the woman there I mentioned that I hadn’t seen any volunteers in my neighborhood, where I know several people would have signed.
    I took a petition with me and in 30 minutes I had it filled. With absolutely no disrespect to Lilia Alvarez I would strongly suggest she look at especially President Obama’s first presidential campaign as a model. It wasn’t money at first, though that did come later. It was his strong networking skills that won him the election. The phones were greatly utilized both in recruiting volunteers as well as to ask people to get out and sign the petition. He organized a massive groundswell of volunteers that went door to door in every area up until the bitter end of the election. Not ONE of these people were paid. I know because I was one of them. We did it because we were passionate in our beliefs.
    This is the only way we will recall joe arpaio.

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