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Arpaio recall group faces fundraising difficulties

PHOENIX — A group seeking a recall election against Maricopa County
Sheriff Joe Arpaio says it’s facing difficulties in raising money in its bid to
oust the lawman.

Recall leader William James Fisher says the difficulties mean organizers will
have to rely more on volunteers rather than paid professionals to gather
signatures from voters in their bid to force a recall election.

He says the group is keeping some paid signature gatherers and may add more
paid gatherers if the volume of signatures declines significantly.

Recall organizers say they have gathered nearly 150,000 of the more than 335,0
valid signatures required by May 30 to prompt a recall election.

Arpaio critics say the sheriff has put immigration enforcement above other
police priorities, while the sheriff’s supporters contend the effort is

Arpaio supporters have threatened to sue to stop the recall effort.

Larry Klayman, a lawyer representing Arpaio supporters, says the group had
planned to file its legal action Tuesday but now plans to do so Thursday.


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