Anti-light rail committee amends campaign finance reports




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    Building a Better Phoenix, the political action committee that led the campaign to halt light rail expansion in the city, amended two campaign finance reports in the wake of a campaign finance complaint alleging it inaccurately reported the source of $40,000 in contributions.

    The Phoenix City Clerk’s office said the committee on Friday submitted two amended reports showing that it received $10,000 from the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, and $30,000 from Freedom Club PAC, a political action committee it oversees. 

    Building a Better Phoenix had originally reported that the money came from Scot Mussi, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s executive director.

    Mussi last month denied contributing the money and told the Arizona Mirror that it came from the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and Freedom Club PAC. A month later, Building a Better Phoenix hadn’t yet amended its campaign finance reports, prompting a transit-focused nonprofit group, the Urban Phoenix Project, to file a campaign finance complaint with the city. 

    Building a Better Phoenix missed the deadline to file an official response. 

    City spokeswoman Stephanie Bracken said the matter isn’t wrapped up yet because the clerk’s office is still reviewing the complaint.

    Jeremy Duda
    Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

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