LUBBOCK, TX -- After making his opponents' fundraising an issue in the city council race, City Council District 3 candidate Maurice Stanley held a press conference Monday where he donated a significant portion of his campaign funds to a local charity.
Stanley announced Monday morning that he raised nearly $3,000 through a bucket placed in his barber shop labelled "Maurice's Common Sense Fund" that customers could drop change or bills into - a bucket that he used in the past to raise money for charitable causes such as a cancer patient.
Acceptance of anonymous political campaign donations - like the bucket that Stanley used - aren't technically illegal, but the anonymous nature of the donations make it impossible to determine if a specific donor passes the $50 threshold, after which campaign contributions must be reported.
Stanley donated the funds to the South Plains Honor Flight, which flies World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials. Stanley presented the $2,740 check to Myron Hargrove, who is on the Honor Flight committee.
Stanley said the bucket had done good things in the past, but admitted the way the money was raised with the bucket was a mistake when used for a political campaign.
“There’s not a lot sinister about the bucket. The bucket has done some good work," Stanley said. "I will tell you this: I made a mistake when I used it for this campaign. We raised $2,740 through that bucket. My mistake was that I didn’t write people’s names down when they gave a dollar, five dollars, $10, or $20. I didn't itemize those, and I was not aware that I was going to have to do that. My understanding was that if we collected the money, and if it was under $50, we didn’t need to itemize it.”
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