When Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were thinking of ways they could make money to start up a foundation they had wanted to use for years, they realized they were going to have to make a lot of money. They never realized getting arrested would give them the chance to make that money and that’s what they had to do to ensure they were actually making it.
For Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, this was not something they did intentionally. In fact, they never even thought they would be arrested since they lived their lives in a way that was positive and they always followed all the laws. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
The men didn’t want to be arrested, but the sheriff in their hometown had other ideas. He wanted to see them go down so he arrested them. He didn’t like them because of information they had published about him that made him look bad.
Even though everything they had written was true, the sheriff didn’t see it that way. He saw it as them slandering him and the was going to do what he could to make them pay. Their arrest was another example of how the sheriff was corrupt and causing problems for everyone in the county.
Even though Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey did get arrested, they knew it would work out as a positive situation. They had nothing to hide, they hadn’t done anything wrong and they knew they weren’t going to be charged with a crime.
Because Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had always stayed above the law, they had to make sure they were helping people with the issues they faced and with the things they were dealing with on their own.
The men did what they could to provide new opportunities for people and that is what gave them the chance to try their best while they were providing a positive environment for minorities who had dealt with corruption.
The Frontera Fund was the best opportunity the men had. They knew the Frontera Fund was going to work for other people and it was going to be a way for them to get what they needed.
Whether it was legal help or anything else, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey could provide it through the Frontera Fund. The fund would not have been possible if they had not gotten a three million dollar settlement as a result of the arrest.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Against Corrupt Politics
The Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund is a charitable organization based out of Arizona. The organization assists other charities with funding. The Frontera Fund’s money primarily goes to immigrants and those who have had their civil rights obstructed.
Front Page Confidential
Front Page Confidential was created as a form of opposition towards corrupt politicians. Its creators are victims of political injustices themselves, so they know exactly what it takes to prevent and overcome political corruption.
Who are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin?
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the previous co-owners of the Phoenix New Times The duo cut their teeth in college with a newsletter meant to offer an alternative to the school’s conservative newspaper. Since selling the Phoenix New Times they have created The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential
Both organizations come post-lawsuit with the county they called home: Maricopa County. It was Maricopa County that elected Joe Arpaio to position of sheriff. Arpaio was first elected in 1992 and immediately began to use his own harsh methods of policing to enforce the law in Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used their career to expose Arpaio’s action for what they truly area. The duo are responsible for educating all of Arizona about the immoral activities of Joe Arpaio. Eventually, Arpaio had them arrested for their journalistic efforts, a violation of the journalists’ first amendment.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded almost 4 million dollars due to the incident. It is with this money that The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential was made possible. They created the two organizations to continue their attack on corrupt politics.