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Minuteman PAC, the political arm of the Minuteman Movement, sent out an email Friday asking for supporters to donate to help Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's quest for the truth about President Obama's birth certificate.
"Fellow Patriot -- It looks like we're finally going to get the full-fledged investigation into Obama's eligibility to be president that Congress has FAILED to deliver," the e-mail says.
Arpaio announced last week that a five-person "Cold Case Posse" will investigate whether President Obama's long-form birth certificate is a forgery, after meeting with a local Tea Party group who requested the probe. According to the right-wing news site World Net Daily, two other Tea Party groups -- one in Florida and one in New Jersey -- plan to ask local sheriffs to launch their own investigations.
"With possibly three sheriffs representing three very different parts of the nation conducting independent investigations into the likely forgery of Obama's birth certificate," the Minuteman PAC e-mail says, "we will finally have our answers. And Sheriff Joe's investigation won't cost taxpayers a dime."
"Sheriff Joe's investigation will determine whether or not the alleged Certificate of Live Birth for Barak [sic] Hussein Obama is a forgery (and a class 6 felony was committed) or an authentic document," it continues. "Folks, we're on the brink of economic ruin. America cannot afford not to know the answers once and for all."
Though its primary focus is on border patrolling and opposing illegal immigration, Minuteman PAC often goes along with the right-wing freakout du jour. At the height of the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" in New York City, for example, the group fundraised against the campaign of Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), who is Muslim, because they said he was promoting Sharia law.