Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips, who is seeking re-election this November, has abruptly stopped a campaign fundraiser effort at a local car wash following a campaign finance violation report by a private citizen.
The Wednesday, Aug. 24 violation report came from Bill Crawford, a former candidate for mayor this November who resigned his campaign the day voter signatures were due at the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office.
As of Monday, Aug. 29 Councilman Phillips has notified the City Clerk’s Office the fundraiser has been suspended, and with zero participation, no violation of Arizona Revised Statutes 16-916 or 16-919 was violated in view of Carolyn Jagger, Scottsdale’s city clerk.
Mr. Crawford says he was alerted to the possible infraction of campaign finance rules through a Facebook Fan Page, coined, “Scottsdale Candidate Guy Phillips” where a post alerting all who participated at Prestige Car Wash, 3006 N. Scottsdale Road, could donate 10 percent of the cost of a car wash toward Councilman Phillips’ campaign.
“A corporation and or business is not allowed to make a contribution to a candidate,” Mr. Crawford said in his Aug. 24 filing. “If the donations come from customers of Prestige Car Wash, they are not identified by name, address and occupation, another violation. Also, if customers pay for their car wash with a corporate or business card, this is an additional violation possibly implicating the car wash.”
Mr. Crawford contends the fundrasing effort inferred the funds would be lumped together therefore would qualify as a contribution from a corporation, which Prestige Car Wash is.
Councilman Phillips says the complaint filing is much ado about nothing.
“After realizing the car was was a corporation, I immediately called Mr. Jaleen and told him we could not do it,” Councilman Phillips said in his Aug. 29 response to the campaign finance violation filing. “I have taken it down from my Facebook page. Because a code is involved to participate no one will be able to donate through the car wash.”
Ms. Jagger says no harm, no foul as no money actually changed hands that would be given to the Phillips council campaign.
“Because the car was solicitation has been canceled and no contributions were made or received as the result of the solicitation, there are no car was donors to disclose,” she said.
The matter is now closed, according to the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office.
Local voters will hit municipal polls Tuesday, Nov. 8 to elect three people to Scottsdale City Council and a mayor after foregoing a primary election process.
Scottsdale mayoral candidates are Mayor Jim Lane and challenger Bob Littlefield while council candidates are Dan Schweiker and incumbents Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte and Guy Phillips.
North Valley News Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at 623-445-2774 or at email@example.com