Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio emailed supporters requesting monetary donations to help pay his legal expenses as he undergoes a hearing for contempt of court charges, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.
Arpaio told supporters in the email sent Thursday that he felt “targeted” and “desperately” needed help.
“In some instances I have to personally pay for attorneys to represent me in these cases,” Arpaio wrote. “I do not have the personal wealth or the wherewithal to keep up with the costly demands of paying for attorneys to defend me.”
Arpaio requested the money after ignoring a judge’s orders in a racial profiling case.
In the email he reminded supporters that their monetary generosity could exceed his suggested donations.
“I desperately need your help to fight the numerous legal actions being waged against me,” Arpaio wrote. “And, please remember, unlike a political campaign, there are no limits to what you can give — and any amount is greatly appreciated! Please consult your tax professional for any tax deduction you may receive by giving to this organization.”
The email Arpaio sent supporters is below:
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