McCaffery's excuse cuts both ways. With their long involvement in politics at "that level," you would think he and Pullen would have known what they were doing.

As the report details, McCaffery had talked to Baker about the SCA before Black gave Baker the first check, but he didn't probe to find out the names of the donors.

On August 22, the day after the first check arrived, McCaffery and Pullen registered the independent-expenditure committee Arizonans for Public Safety. They later transferred $78,000 to the committee for the anti-Saban ad.

McCaffery says he faxed to the Sheriff's Office a request for the anti-Saban material. The request went straight to Black, who provided the GOP with the materials himself.

Baker then worked with a Texas company to make the ad, supervising the script-writing process.

Hendershott's desire to "crush" Saban was reflected perfectly in the finished product.

But the most damning proof of illegal earmarking was yet to come.


Randy Pullen watched the airing of the anti-Saban ad with other Republicans at an event at the Phoenix headquarters of U.S. Senator John McCain. From what he told a New Times writer ("Randy Pullen's Smear," January 29, 2009), he was pleased with what he saw: "It was like a nuclear bomb and destroyed any chance Saban had."

Even many Republicans were outraged by the ad. Mike Hellon, Pullen's predecessor as state GOP chairman, asked Pullen the reason the "sleazy ad" had been made. Hellon would later tell investigators that Pullen replied, "Because there were some supporters of Joe Arpaio who gave us some money, and that is what they wanted us to do with it."

Hellon tells New Times he was "dumbfounded" by Pullen's statement and could scarcely believe that Pullen would be "dumb enough to say it and dumb enough to admit it to people."

The state GOP's general counsel, Joe Abate, also was present at the McCain event when the ad aired. Abate said Pullen told him the money had to be used for a specific purpose, though Abate couldn't remember whether Pullen detailed that purpose, the report states.

"Upon leaving the meeting, Joe Abate thought that the party may be in some trouble," investigators wrote.

Bruce Ash, a Republican committeeman also at the McCain event, published a comment on October 8, 2008, on GOP consultant Nathan Sproul's blog stating bluntly that the money for the Saban ad had been earmarked and "would not have been donated had the ad campaign not been run."

Pullen didn't return phone calls from New Times. When investigator Edwards interviewed Pullen for a second time, with an FBI agent in the room, Pullen would only say he didn't "think" he'd made the statement about earmarking. Pressed further, Pullen said, "The probability would be low" that he had made such a statement.

It's unclear whether Pullen is a target of the FBI's investigation, but notes from the report suggest that Baker still is a potential target.

Though Pullen claims he tried to contact Fox for the list of donors' names before the ad ran, there's no evidence he did. The first documented proof that he tried to get hold of Fox is a letter to Fox dated October 2, the day after the ad ran.

A less-expensive ad targeting Andrew Thomas' opponent was aired on October 14. It, too, was pulled after criticism that it was tawdry. The funding for the Thomas ad, however, and $6,000 in SCA funds that paid for an innocuous flyer for county Supervisor Fulton Brock, seem to have been an afterthought. For sure, Hendershott and Arpaio wanted Thomas to win, but the main purpose for the SCA fund was the anti-Saban ad.

Following the complaint about the Saban ad by the Democratic Party, the state GOP returned the $105,000 to Fox. But with the tight-money situation at the GOP, this was going to hurt.

Pullen approached U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and asked him to contact his wealthiest supporters and hold a "get out the vote" fundraiser, Hellon tells New Times. (Hellon related the same story to investigators.) Kyl held a dinner for about a dozen people and raised roughly $85,000 for the state GOP. But Pullen didn't use the money to "get out the vote." Hellon says he used it to help pay the SCA's refund check.

"Kyl's been pissed about it for a long time," Hellon says.

Kyl's office did not return calls for this article.

Black handled the refund from the SCA's end, the report says. Black gave Ellman a check for $25,000 and asked him for help getting the other refund checks to Ellman's buddies, according to statements by both Black and Ellman.

Despite the Kyl fundraiser, the state GOP still was low on money. Pullen reportedly told Baker that the political consultant needed to "make the party whole" again.

Ellman said Black informed him that Baker would soon be calling, and then Baker did call, asking Ellman to donate to the Republican Party. Ellman gave the GOP, via Baker, a check for $25,000. And he assisted Black and Baker with contacting some of the other donors.

Most of the rich donors, plus Gimple's wife, cut big checks to the state GOP within two weeks of their refunds. (There's no limit to how much someone can give a state political party.)

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malasangre
malasangre

the best part of this story is the right twisting in pain to ok these guys

WhatASurprise
WhatASurprise

Is Larry Black the brother of former Liquor Commission Assistant Department head Tim Black?

Cgamble49
Cgamble49

how come we (ARIZONA) end up with all the crazy people, (Brewer,Horne,Joe,Pearce,etc.)

Chucklereader
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woohoo, finding love within the confines of the mcso.This is better then reading savage love.

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Guest
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ray stern, it seems obvious to anyone who can read that "what happened" in LA (Louisiana) was the unexpected death of Deputy Gary Labenz. Clearly, it affected Fox and Black deeply. Having smeared two long-time employees of MCSO for expressing their feelings to each other about his death, i sure hope you have actual PROOF that Captain Joel Fox and Larry Black are homosexual lovers, as you've so obviously implied....otherwise, you're gonna lose your ass in the forthcoming lawsuit. Good luck.

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Alexander
Alexander

Pretty blockbuster stuff if its all true. I feel like they could have left the gay part out- if it was just two drinking buddies squandering taxpayer funds & misusing authority, I think folks would be equally up in arms.

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Typically the New Times embraces Homo-sexuality, unless it is a useful ploy to smear someone. If I were gay I would be outraged by this stab in the back and would boycott the businesses that advertise in this rag. Even if I were straight, I still would. There is far too much of hate mongering and hate bating by this rag. We need solutions not problems in this world.

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I honestly do not care if these men love each other or have sex together. That's none of my business. I don't understand the entire homosexual thing, but as a straight guy and a moderate old-school conservative, it doesn't affect me. Why should I give a damn about what two men do in bed? Doesn't have any bearing on my life!

This is something the new-fangled right wing conservatives should think about. What is it exactly about people's bedroom antics that make you think it's any of your business? You're supposed to be Conservatives, meaning minimal Big Brother Government attitudes. So butt out of what ain't your concern.

On the other hand, what does bother me is the lousy job the MCSO has long been doing as a law enforcement agency. Pushing a $100 million in legal costs, maybe over that by now. Endless lawsuits, mostly lost. Wrongful deaths in our jails, including a mother's unborn child. Crime ignored all over the county to fund Dog and Pony shows about illegal aliens.

Hell, MCSO isn't even all that effective at catching illegals. They completely ignore major offenders and chase the least worrisome, least costly, easiest to catch illegals while catching damned few of them AT VERY HIGH COST!

Wish I had the power, I'd fire the top 50 ranking people in MCSO. Be they law enforcement or public relations or what have you. Start at the top, boot out a bunch of these clowns.

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2 MORE QUEER BOYS DYING 2 HIT EACH OTHER UP THE BUTT !

Ronny1note
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Wow, How embarrassing for them. Why does the media feel the need to disclose this stuff. It sounds really private and personal. Why is this an issue? Are we living in the 1950's again? How bout some real news?

Vickie
Vickie

No wonder Sheriff Joe is so "Hard-On" capturing illegals!!You can't bring charges of "Love In The 2nd Degree" if you're booted out of the country!!!Who will listen to you? lolLarry "Rubber Lips" Black. LOL

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What a moronic reporter....and news organization? The height of queer.

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It must be odd wanting a career in law enforcement only to be hired by MCSO and become part of a corrupt criminal organization.

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Patraulea2323

I hear there's a new movie being filmed in Arizona: "Brokeback Sheriffs" :-)

MaricopaFail
MaricopaFail

Hahaha figures these dirty pigs would be gay too. So its not the inmates raping each other, its Joe and his ass pirates!

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Usgovfail

Hey phoenixtimes, why don't you do some real investigative work and try and find the people who beat this giants fan to death. I bet they are LA dodgers fans, probably mexicans from LA, probably illegal too. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s...

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To Tonka II
To Tonka II

Ok, so the two Deputies Bumped Butts, who cares, not my business. As for Sheriff Joe - That man does an extremely good job. He is prone to listen to others under him and not be in complete control, but Joe is honest and above board.

How do I knwo so much you ask? Because I'm around these men every day of the week.

Church Lady
Church Lady

To quote a great lady "Well, isn't that special?" Church lady would be disappointed with all the grab assing in Maricopa and well as Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Babeu the Church Lady is coming after you!

mike
mike

You have to clean out the bowl before you make the frosting.

paulA
paulA

straight dudes don't talk to each other like that.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Alexander, I don't think anyone really gives a rip if these two are actually physical lovers. The salient part about this whole issue is that Black and Fox were NOT being truthful about their involvement in the SCA criminal actions, and they were hiding their relationship, to the point of Fox actually having a hidden email account for their emotional exchanges. Putting any criminal activity aside how do you think the families of these two must feel, if indeed they are physical lovers? Imagine the danger involved for the wives, who likely didn't have a clue as to the extent of their involvement?

I think the reporter was correct to include all facets of their activity.

mike
mike

that's funny, I pictured Black as the top too...

Tina
Tina

Just change the names of these two wayward spouses (Black and Fox) to one being male, the other female.

Doesn't make any difference if those two are homosexual, heterosexual or bi-sexual.

The bottom line is the pervasive, deliberate, crafty and knowingly unlawful activity, initiated by Hendershott to unlawfully obtain illegal campaign contributions for the SOLE purpose of re-electing ONE political office holder (Arpaio), with re-election of his partner in crime (Thomas) being thrown in for good measure. All knowingly unlawful from day one.

While the emails might add some insight and speculation as to why the cover-up and dishonesty to investigators and the court lasted so long, it doesn't alter the purposefully unlawful actions of top people in this law enforcement agency, and the sheriff's pecking order that carried out the devious plan.

Keep the focus. MCSO, remember, is a LAW enforcement agency.

HARLEYKINGMAN
HARLEYKINGMAN

ILL BET AS THEY WATCHED BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN , THEY PLAYED BEING THE 2 QUEER COWBOYS WHO WERE IN LUV WITH EACH OTHER AND TAKING TURNS GOING UP CHOCOLATE STREET !

Cindysince1992
Cindysince1992

This is news, it's news when my taxes are paying their salaries !!!

Coyotesfan123
Coyotesfan123

It is Phoenix New Times right? Los Angeles New Times. Besides I hope hope law enforcement would investigate a murder.

busman
busman

thats right the illegals are to blame for this right you bigot! just admint your most conservative racist friends are gay!!!! ROTFL...

be*nice
be*nice

Or...perhaps YOUR PEOPLE! You are so rude nd racist.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Tina, nicely said.... I always enjoy your written word.

 
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