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Arpaio campaign spends big on consultants, fundraising

Arpaio's expense disclosure listed mainly payments to consulting firms, fundraisers and direct mail expenses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arpaio's expense disclosure listed mainly payments to consulting firms, fundraisers and direct mail expenses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Federal Election Commission records show former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Senate campaign has spent a majority of its money on consulting and fundraising fees. Campaign finance experts say that can get in the way of transparency.

"Without any indication of what his consulting firms are paying for, there's really no way to know if his donors' money is being put to any kind of campaign purpose or if it's ultimately just ending up in his consultants' pockets with no services provided," said Andrew Mayersohn, who is a committees researcher with the Center for Responsive Politics.

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CBS 5 Investigates compared Arpaio's expense disclosure, which was filed with the FEC, with those of his primary opponents, Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. Both McSally's and Ward's disclosures included itemized expenses for routine campaign costs, which include advertising, travel, salaries and office supplies. Arpaio's listed mainly payments to consulting firms, fundraisers and direct mail expenses.

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In an email, an Arpaio campaign official wrote that this criticism "is a bit premature given that the latest campaign finance report was only from the second quarter of this year. The Arpaio campaign is in full compliance with FEC reporting."

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Mayersohn says this type of disclosure does occur with some other campaigns, and it is likely to be legal, but it doesn't further the public interest in where campaign money is being spent.

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"Ultimately, it interferes with the real goal of transparency which is to get a sense of how the campaigns are raising and spending money. And in Arpaio's case, we know very little about what he's doing, why he's doing it and who is ultimately benefiting," said Mayersohn.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. In October 2016, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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