SCA Scandal: Dave Hendershott, Top Maricopa County Sheriff's Officials and Steve Ellman Among Major Contributors; Fox Files Two Campaign-Finance Reports

The dam has broken on the SCA story:

Under threat of a $315,000 fine from the Maricopa County Elections Department, MCSO Captain Joel Fox and the SCA have filed two campaign finance reports that show high-ranking deputies under Sheriff Joe Arpaio as major contributors.

The biggest bucks came from other sources, such as Steve Ellman, a Valley developer and former co-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team, and James Liautaud, CEO of the Jimmy John's sandwich franchise.


According to the post-general election report filed by Joel Fox on July 13, the contributions to the SCA from the sheriff's command staff (SCA reportedly stands for Sheriff's Command Association), came from payroll deductions between November 22, 2006 and November 21, 2008.

Here are the names of the deputies in the report and the total contributed. Contributions were deducted $50 per paycheck; the higher the amount, the longer the deductions continued.

Dave Hendershott, Chief Deputy -- $2,650

Jesse N. Locksa -- $300

Larry Black, Director -- $950

Frank Munnell, Deputy Chief, Patrol -- $2,400

Joel Fox, Captain -- $2,050

Scott Freeman, Deputy Chief, Special Investigations -- $1,800

Brian Sands -- $2,000

Fox also filed a June 30 report that shows who wrote the biggest checks to the SCA:

Steve Ellman, Phoenix, developer -- $25,000 on April 25, 2007

James Wikert, Dallas, self-employed -- $25,000 on July 23, 2007 and $5,000 on August 30, 2007

James Liautaud, Champaign, Illinois, CEO of Jimmy John's -- $10,000 on January 18, 2008

B.M. Rankin, Dallas, self-employed -- $10,000 on February 22, 2008

Tom Gimple, Anchorage, self-employed -- $25,000 on August 19, 2008

You can see the reports by clicking here and here.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.