Missing money is always a story. When the money is reputed to be in excess of $77,000, it becomes more of a story. But when the investigation appears to settle on the attractive daughter of a lobbyist and powerful former union boss of the Phoenix Firefighters — and the victim is a former City Councilman with the large sum in an unspecified campaign account — the report becomes titillating.
Mindy Shields, the daughter of Democrat operative and unionist Billy Shields, has been the longtime treasurer of Greg Stanton’s political account. Stanton now works as an assistant attorney general. With the word ‘embezzlement’ tossed into the mix, the story quickly reaches hot potato proportions
Stanton said he’s hired an accountant to make sure the account gets repaid, although most of the money has been mysteriously “restored.” He contacted the police in early October after a check bounced from the fund. He had attempted to donate $500 from the campaign fund to a group that helps train Hispanic students become college bound, the daily reports.
Democrat Stanton is among the throng considering a run for Phoenix mayor. Money from the campaign account could be used for future political races.
According to campaign-finance reports filed Feb. 2, 2009 with the Phoenix City Clerk, Stanton had more than $92,700 left in the account. Five other reports filed after, show there was no activity in the account since January 2009.
The plot thickens.