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City Council District 3 Campaign Finance Controversy

A supporter of the Jeff Griffith campaign raised the issue of a contribution given to Maurice Stanley’s campaign from developer Clayton Isom.
By Michaela MacDonald
mmacdonald@klbk13.tv


LUBBOCK, TX -- A supporter of the Jeff Griffith campaign raised the issue of a contribution given to Maurice Stanley’s campaign from developer Clayton Isom. Stanley has been critical of special interest donations in the past, but says this donation would not lead to favoritism.

“Through this campaign I have not asked anybody for one dime and I will not,” said Maurice Stanley, City Council District 3 candidate.

Barber Maurice Stanley is running for the District 3 City Council position. In a campaign finance report that shows mostly donations of less than 50 dollars from nurses to retired teachers and other barbers, a donation of 1,000 dollars stands out.

“I have two donors that have donated a thousand dollars each, one of them is me. I'm of the opinion that if you are not willing to be in the snake pit you can’t ask anybody else to get in the snake pit with you. And another one that has donated a thousand dollars to me is a friend of mine named Clayton Isom. I met Clayton in 2009. We worked on the bond committee together and I became friends with Clayton, matter of fact Clayton's son Owen gets his hair cut in this barber shop,” said Stanley.

Stanley says Isom is a friend and constituent of District 3 who made the donation, unsolicited.

“I did not ask Clayton for this donation, I didn’t ask him for it. He volunteered it and because I know him, I accepted it,” said Stanley.

“Since he is the largest donation that I have other than myself. I wanted him to be number one on the list, I didn’t want to hide that at all,” said Stanley. “They are not an enemy by any stretch of the imagination. As I have said before I will work with any of them, I will not work for any of them.”

“We’ve always taken the point that you should be able to give anybody that wants to give campaign donations should be able to give to the candidates of their choice,” said Candidate Jeff Griffith.

Griffith says he fully supports everyone's right to donate to whatever campaign they like, but points out Stanley has criticized special interest donations in the past.

“We've got an issue maybe with the fact that Mr. Stanley has definitely campaigned against us that we have taken money from developers and obviously now he is so I'd like to set the record straight on that,” said Griffith. Stanley said the difference between this developer contribution and those made to the Griffith campaign is that it was unsolicited.

To view full campaign finance reports visit: http://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/city-secretary/campaign-finance-reports/candidates
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