Joe Arpaio's Office Denies Involvement in SCA Despite Donations From Office's Top Brass

We sent Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio a question on Twitter about the newly uncovered SCA donors that include his top brass.

No response yet.

We left messages for Arpaio and his chief deputy, Dave Hendershott -- one of the SCA's top donors -- but they didn't return calls. Instead, Arpaio had his spokeswoman, Lisa Allen, read a statement to New Times:

"This situation has absolutely nothing to do with the sheriff's office," Allen says.

Of all the cockamamie comments the MCSO could make, this one takes the cake. As the county election records show, the office's top brass funded the SCA (Sheriff's Command Association) through payroll deductions.

And then there's the indirect evidence. Like for instance, the simple fact that seven of Arpaio's top people donated more than $12,000 to the SCA fund. These are people who, if the sheriff had not been re-elected, would probably either be out of a job or in a much different position at the Sheriff's Office.

The idea that giving the money to the Republican Party was Fox's alone doesn't wash. What makes more sense is that Fox would have a conversation with Hendershott before donating the money to the party. Why? Well, not only did Hendershott make the biggest  contribution of the seven deputies, he's Fox's boss.

As far as the $25,000 contribution to the SCA by Steve Ellman, a Valley developer, we are asked to believe that Ellman never talked about it with Arpaio -- his good buddy.

Last but not least: The SCA contributions apparently funded the smear ad against Arpaio's opponent, Dan Saban.

Nothing to do with the Sheriff's Office?

Yeah, right.

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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.