Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are currently the owners of The Frontera Fund, but they haven’t always been involved in altruistic efforts. Their charitable organization didn’t begin until after they received a cash settlement resulting from their illegal arrest by ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In 2007, while working at the Phoenix New Times, Joe Arpaio had Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin arrested for nothing more than doing their jobs. Deputies, in unmarked SUVs, in the guise of darkness, pulled Lacey and Larkin from their homes and took them to jail. It was only a matter of hours until other newspapers got wind of their arrest.
The outcry from their peers was so loud it resulted in Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin being released from custody. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are only two of the many people that were victimized during Joe Arpaio’s 24 year stint as sheriff.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received nearly 4 million dollars from the lawsuit and are putting the money to good use. The Frontera Fund works with charities all over the state in order to give back to the Hispanic community, one of the primary targets of Joe Arpaio during his time as sheriff.
The Frontera Fund can’t provide justice for the victims, but neither can the United States justice system. Joe Arpaio has been accused of such a wide range of crimes, it is astounding that he hasn’t been arrested dozens of times. He was finally charged with a crime though.
In 2017, due to his racial profiling, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court. The charges and the conviction fell through when Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, and Arpaio’s victims are outraged.
“Donald Trump is a moron,” said Michael Lacey in regards to Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio.
Now, as a free man, Arpaio is free to hold public office again. That is exactly what he plans to do. Arpaio is currently campaigning for a seat in Congress, and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are refusing to sit back and watch. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
They may not be the owners of the Phoenix New Times any longer, but they have created a new organization to continue their investigative journalism into Joe Arpaio. They created Front Page Confidential.
Front Page Confidential has been active since August of 2017 and has not let up since. They are not only targeting Joe Arpaio this time around. Other untrustworthy politicians have also fallen under the scope of Front Page Confidential as well.
Orrin Hatch, Rob Portman, and John McCain have all found themselves in the headlines of Front Page Confidential.