In a later conversation, Stark acknowledged that such additional redactions had taken place but contended they weren't ill-intended or part of a "conspiracy." She said a staffer was supposed to remove just phone numbers but instead eliminated contact names and numbers and some information she viewed as personal.

During his time in office, Gordon has created various PACs that raise money to support a cause — including Friends for Phil, Phil for Phoenix, Phoenix Election Consolidation Committee, Building Our Future, and Moving Phoenix Forward — and Mullany has been a significant beneficiary of contributions to these funds.

Gordon, through former spokesman Jason Rose, said Mullany received only a standard percentage of what she raised. But public records show heftier-than-usual payments.

Consider a $20,000 payment for "administration" that Gordon gave Mullany in March 2009 from his campaign fund. There had been no activity on that account for more than a year.

She also received a $10,000 payment for "fundraising" in January 2009 from a PAC called the "Phoenix Election Consolidation Committee." Records show that it didn't raise any money. Instead, money was transferred to it from two other PACs: "Friends for Phil" and "Phil for Phoenix."

Mullany also pocketed $8,000 a month for a year to manage Moving Phoenix Forward, a federal PAC that is supposed to benefit Phoenix by allowing Gordon to make financial donations to congressional candidates. Mullany kept about $104,000 (65 percent) of the $164,361 raised for that fund.

He also paid her $10,000 for "fundraising services" in May 2008 from "Building Our Future," a PAC that had been formed to support a Phoenix bond election that ended two years earlier in March 2006.

That $10,000 conveniently came at the same time that the now-defunct Phoenix Global Trade Initiative paid for Gordon to travel to Israel. Mullany also went on that May 2008 trip, but Gordon's spokesman pointed out that she paid her own way.

The mayor predicts that his detractors will continue their steady drumbeat of negativity against him, and that he will be vindicated of all accusations.

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hotcurry
hotcurry

He needs to answer for this. Keep writing about this. If all he is going to do as mayor is pull PR stunts like mugging for the camera with Shakira then the media should reciprocate by covering his botched stunts like funneling money to his sweetheart. Tit for tat.

Paul  Reeves
Paul Reeves

This is the same guy,cheating the City of Phoenix,crooked as the day is long,protesting a bill that is for Arizonans best interests ???????????

Cliff
Cliff

This is incredible! Phil Gordon has a girlfriend! Who would have thought it.

sis
sis

I am outraged, but now surprised. I am still baffeled to how this "man" has continued to be elected into office. I have yet to see actual progress that he has completed during his time in office. As for this 'girlfriend' issue, my gosh! I am unable to return to school to get my Master's degree, but this young girl is raking in money from our Mayor, for what?The City of Phoenix is on the brink of bankrupcy and this dimwit (literally) is handing out money like it's candy. I would like to see him answer to the hundreds of people who have been laid off from the city, and those directly effected by the finacial downfall of the City of Phoenix.Someone needs to get this guy out of office...where can we go and start a petition to get him out.

belbiv
belbiv

its good to get some real reporting in this town. Your competition at the daily just re-prints Gordon's press releases and never asks any questions. This is real journalism.

Wendel Hemmer
Wendel Hemmer

The mayor of Phoenix, is an idiot. He needs to take care ofhis personal problems before he challenges the Immigrationbill of Arizona. We should sue the Mayor for all his illegalactivities.

Sharona
Sharona

Squeaky clean image of Mr. Gordon getting dirty, he will not get reelected, be certain, with his views on illegals

Arizonaindian
Arizonaindian

Ladies and Gentlemen this Can Of Worms Sure Does Have A Chicago Mobster Ring to It ?

concerned Phoenician
concerned Phoenician

yes he isan idiot and does not need to be reelected to run the 5th largest city in America but theses liberal minded jokers find ways to abuse power and build themselves a power base to sidestep issues which corrupt the office he holds. Is it any wonder people get turned off from public service to a community and oh yes conservaties can corrupt the offic too

 
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