The birthers seem to think that Sheriff Joe Arpaio raised $7 million in support of his investigation of Barack Obama, a veritable mandate for him to prosecute a case against the President. Here are two examples:
URGENT: Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse have successfully raised more than $7 MILLION dollars to fuel their law enforcement investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States after being compelled to do so by constituents concerned about the integrity of our ballots. And the Posse professionals [?] found evidence of systemic fraud, forgery, corruption and cover-up! Now, we are demanding that Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse put their money where their mouth is and FILE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT!
Since Arpaio did not file a criminal complaint against Obama and refused to comply with subpoena and testify at trial, demand that he refund the public 7 million that he collected!
In truth, that money was raised for Arpaio’s re-election campaign. According to his campaign finance reports, not a nickel of that money went to investigating Obama. Arpaio raised a total of $8,476,526.18 for his 2012 campaign, and reports spending all but about $300,000. The money is gone. If you expected your donation to go to the Cold Case Posse, you’ve been ripped off. If you want a refund, forget it.
You can read Arpaio’s complete campaign finance reports at the Maricopa County Recorder’s web site.