Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been partners for many years now. From the moment they dropped out of college until they were illegally arrest by Joe Arpaio, they have been working together as a journalistic team.
They worked on a school newsletter together, then purchased The Phoenix New Times. Now they own and operate both The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
During their time at The Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin investigated Joe Arpaio in excruciating detail. The newspaper has published hundreds of articles about Arpaio and has been following him closely for many years.
You can imagine the stress this must have caused on Joe Arpaio, who at the time was Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Finally, Arpaio had enough of seeing his name in The Phoenix New Times. He had the journalists arrested.
Joe Arpaio’s obvious violation of the first amendment resulted in a 3.75 million dollar settlement in favor of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. This isn’t the most amount of money he has cost the citizens of Maricopa County. The same year he arrested Lacey and Larkin, Arpaio also arrested a Mexican tourist; Maricaop County ended up paying out 70 million dollars to the tourist.
Arpaio’s “tough on immigration” policy has gained him considerable popularity among the GOP.
“He was a terrible sheriff,” began Jim Larkin. “[Arpaio was] a terrible jailer, but he was a great [exploitative] politician.”
Arpaio’s popularity with Republican politicians and voters eventually paid off in 2017. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court charges for his activities involving misuse of power in regards to immigration. He was all set to be sentenced, but Donald Trump offered him a pardon. Arpaio was quick to accept.
“Rex Tillerson was right,” said Michael Lacey. “Donald Trump is a moron and his pardon of Joe Arpaio proves it.” Michael Lacey is referring to when former Secretary of State Tillerson reportedly called Trump a moron. “This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” Lacey said of the pardon.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, post-settlement, have had a hard time putting Joe Arpaio in their past. Prior to the pardon, Joe Arpaio had already announced his intention to run for a seat on Capitol Hill.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been working hard to prevent him from winning. Now that they have sold The Phoenix New Times, all of their journalistic efforts to derail the campaign of Arpaio can be found on Front Page Confidential.
They aren’t merely using their expertise in writing to undermine Joe Arpaio and his allies, they are also taking a more direct approach to improve the community. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
With The Frontera Fund, a charitable fundraiser effort, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are working to undo the damage committed by Joe Arpaio during his 20 years as Sheriff of Maricopa County.