Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s stance on immigration has led the American Civil Liberties Union to spend $720,000 to oppose his race for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. The money is being spent on television commercials and to send people into neighborhoods to hand out fliers, The Associated Press reported.
Steve Kilar, a spokesman for an ACLU office in Arizona, told The Associated Press that the group is getting involved this year in races in Arizona and other parts of the nation to stress the importance of civil liberties to voters.
It marks the first time the ACLU has participated in voter “education efforts” for a federal election, Kilar told The AP.
“Joe Arpaio’s record in particular is so emblematic of what can happen if people aren’t paying attention to civil liberty records of the people they are electing,” Kilar told the news outlet.
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