In the wake of this editorial today, the local Republican Party filed a complaint with the state seeking the removal of City Attorney Mike Aguirre, a Democrat, from office.

The editorial accused Aguirre of violating the law by accepting donations from his employees.

It turns out at least one of the Republican Party’s own did the same thing. Councilman Jim Madaffer’s reelection campaign received $125 from Sam Wilson (who goes by “Jay” Wilson) on April 7, 2003 and $250 from spokeswoman Leslie Webb on Jan. 26, 2004, according to campaign finance disclosures.

Tony Krvaric and Theresa McAteer head to the city clerks office to file a complaint against City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Photo: Sam Hodgson

“We have no facts reported to us as we do with Mr. Aguirre,” said Theresa McAteer, special counsel to the Republican Party, when asked about Madaffer’s contributions.

Madaffer and Aguirre aren’t the only elected officials, either. Campaign disclosures show that Councilwoman Donna Frye’s mayoral campaign accepted contributions from two employees during her run for mayor, and Councilman Tony Young’s chief of staff, Jimmie Slack, gave to his 2006 reelection campaign and to help retire the debt leftover from his successful 2005 campaign.


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