A group known for attacking Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio may be violating state campaign finance laws, according to a complaint forwarded to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
The complaint, filed by the DiCiccio for Council committee, alleges that Campaign for Better Neighborhoods (CBN) has been violating state law by not registering as a political committee or independent expenditure organization, yet has spent more than $1,000 attempting to influence the outcome of an election.
A letter from the Secretary of State’s Office to the Attorney General’s Office says that reasonable cause exists to believe CBN has violated provisions of Arizona law. If the attorney general determines the primary purpose of CBN is to influence the outcomes of elections, damages may need to be paid.
CBN claims it has not engaged in “express advocacy” and, therefore, is not required to notify the city. The organization has sent out several mailers and is responsible for the website SalDLiar.com, according to State Election Director Amy B. Chan. Chan believes CBN should have formed as a political committee.
DiCiccio’s campaign filed a complaint with the city clerk in May. After reviewing the complaint, it was forwarded to the Secretary of State’s Office in June. On July 12, the Secretary of State’s Office forwarded the complaint to the Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.
DiCiccio was recently the subject of a lawsuit claiming he violated campaign finance laws. That lawsuit was thrown out by a judge.
DiCiccio is currently facing Independent Karlene Keogh Parks in an election for Phoenix City Council, District 6. The election will take place on Aug. 27.
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