Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund after receiving $3.75 million from the Maricopa County in Arizona, to settle a lawsuit against Joe Arpaio, a former law enforcement officer and Maricopa County sheriff. Joe Arpaio and his officers that formed the Selective Enforcement Unit had illegally detained Larkin and Lacey back in 2007. The armed officers showed up to their homes, cuffed them and took them away in unmarked vehicles with Mexican license plates. Larkin and Lacey were detained in two separate county jails that were operated by sheriff Arpaio. As it was later confirmed that the two were innocent and their First Amendment rights were absolutely violated, Larkin and Lacey went into a longstanding legal battle with the county’s sheriff and his departments. In 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that they were arrested without probable cause.
Larkin and Lacey currently run the online news publication “Front Page Confidential” that features commentary and matters relating to free speech within the United States. On March 8, 2017, the Front Page Confidential released a story on Joe Arpaio and his recent campaign to run for U.S. Senate, stating that the former sheriff knowingly was interviewed in a recent publication that is known to be very anti-Semitic. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Frontera Fund actively helps benefit the Hispanic community that is continuously affected by the racial and civil rights abuse in the state of Arizona.