I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sheriff's Command Association not Under His Command?

Thursday, August 27, 2009, 4:06pm MST  |  
Modified: Friday, August 28, 2009, 2:55pm
Phoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is investigating a campaign group that supports Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but won’t disclose details of that inquiry.
The AG’s office is looking into contributions and financial activities involving the Sheriff’s Command Association, a political group headed by Joel Fox, a captain in the sheriff’s office. Fox was fined $450 by the Maricopa County Elections Department and ordered by a Superior Court judge to disclose the names of SCA donors, who include developer Steve Ellman and Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. Vice Chairman B.M. Rankin.
Arpaio said he is not involved in SCA, which backed his reelection last year and ran ads against opponent Dan Saban.
Arpaio’s critics have asked the Attorney General’s Office to look at whether SCA violated state election laws, including those governing contributions from businesses.
“The SCA matter is under review by our office. I’m not in a position to comment further,” said Anne Hilby, spokeswoman for state Attorney General Terry Goddard.
The Phoenix New Times, a frequent critic of the sheriff, reported Wednesday the AG’s office was issuing search warrants involving SCA. Hilby declined comment on possible warrants and whether a grand jury was being convened or pondered.
Arpaio has had his own investigations into Goddard’s handling of state inquiries into former state Treasurer David Petersen.
Ellman is the CEO of the Ellman Cos., which owns Westgate City Center development in Glendale, and former owner of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team. Phoenix-based Freeport McMoran is a huge copper mining firm.

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