Greg Stanton’s ongoing pattern of questionable filings
The daily reports that for the second time in a month Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has had to amend his financial disclosure reports. The first case involved his lack of disclosure relating to campaign fundraising. The second involves his personal financial disclosure forms.
According to the newspaper, in both instances the errors have persisted through several years’ worth of filings. Stanton’s statement falsely claimed he and his wife, Nicole, have no personal investments or retirement accounts. He made the same claim in at least five separate disclosure forms going back to his 2011 campaign for mayor.
This is not Stanton’s first rodeo. During his first mayoral race, we reported he had serious problems with campaign funds, his thieving campaign treasurer and her union boss father. Stanton, not wanting to alienate his powerful friend Billy Shields, desperately wanted to get the embezzling charges dropped against his former campaign treasurer, Mindy Shields. His efforts were in vain. She pled guilty to a felony. Papa Shields’ firefighter’s union endorsed Stanton’s opponent.
In another stunning recent example, a report Stanton’s campaign filed earlier this summer incorrectly listed the amount of money he had raised and spent. The report said he had raised $528,000 total through the May 31 deadline. His campaign later said his correct fundraising total was $985,900. A campaign spokesman said an amended report would be filed in early July, although the corrected report had not been filed by the time the newspaper’s report was printed this week.
The newspaper account states Stanton’s spokesman Robbie Sherwood called the ongoing inaccuracies “unintentional oversights,” and said Stanton didn’t realize what he was required to report in the section related to personal investments and retirement accounts. “The mayor filled the form on his own without an attorney’s review and will update all of his incorrect forms,” Sherwood said.
Since both Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole are lawyers, that explanation falls just a tad short of the mark.