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Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer’s Founding of Partisan PAC Raises Ethical and Legal Questions of Possible Misconduct
November 23, 2022 Michael Patrick Leahy

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is coming under increasing scrutiny after the botched election in Maricopa County, leading some to question his founding and operation of the Pro-Democracy Republicans PAC, whose stated mission is “to support pro-democracy Arizona Republicans” who reject “conspiracy theorists and demagoguery” from candidates who maintain the 2020 presidential election in Arizona was stolen. In the context of the 2022 election, this is an indication of Richer’s direct opposition to GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake, GOP Secretary of State nominee Mark Finchem, several state legislators and candidates for Maricopa County Supervisor.

While Richer’s PAC claims to support Republicans, it has received money from a man who donates to almost exclusively Democrats. Francis Najafi gave $20,000 to his PAC, $60,000 to the Arizona Democratic Party, and $5,300 to Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor.

The PAC paid $45,000 to a PAC during the primary called Defending Arizona Values, which is run by Camelback Strategies, a moderate GOP consulting group with ties to the McCain family that raised money this past year, but spent very little on actual candidates.


While there are no VERY SPECIFIC wrongdoings (clear violations of law) called out in the article that I can tell......this does require (in my estimation) a much deeper dig given the way the election went down (there is certainly the possibility of wrongdoings).

From the recorders website, Maricopa County is the 2nd largest voting jurisdiction in the COUNTRY.  It needs to be totally clean and above reproach.

Especially, given the issues in 2020. 

This should never have happened.

He should not be there at this time.


--- Quote ---How is Stephen Richers Allowed anywhere near an election ?
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That is an excellent question! Perhaps someone should ask Katie Hobbs.


--- Quote from: Bigun on November 27, 2022, 10:49:23 pm ---That is an excellent question! Perhaps someone should ask Katie Hobbs.

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I would not trust her answer either.

And she should know better.

They should have, in the interest of election integrity (her because she was running....he because of his biased PAC), and let others run the show.

They both should have showed leadership and challenged the county to have an up-and-up verifiable, and fast vote gathering and count.

Here is the paradox....

This article describes Richers indignation at accusations after 2020. 

If Trump had not been such an bleep, it would have been tougher to dismiss them. 

And, of course, Richer was a goon. 

He should never have been near the 2022 elections given his partisan participation in PAC's.

It appears that AZ needs to review/update their code of ethics... ggeezz


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