Maricopa County turns down private funds for Obama investigation

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors decided not to accept private money to pay for the nearly $10,000 spent to investigate whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Board chose not to accept a $5,000 check to cover some of the costs. Their decision means tax payers will be left to pay the bill.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent a deputy to Hawaii last month to verify President Obama’s birth records.

So-called “birthers” have claimed that President Obama isn’t eligible to lead the country because he wasn’t born in the United States.

Hawaii officials have confirmed President Obama’s citizenship on multiple occasions and verified his birth records to Arizona’s elections chief.

Maricopa County officials said a detailed account of the Hawaii trip will be available next month.

Arpaio’s office could bring back the issue of accepting private funds for another vote as early as next month.