Don Stapley's two booking photos
This crook has the nerve to run for Congress after the 6+ years of never-ending hell he's put me and others through, and he got the taxpayers to award him a whopping $3.5 million in damages for "stress" because my ex-boss dared to attempt to prosecute him. I just came across this article he wrote where he claims "Small amounts of these funds were mistakenly co-mingled with personal funds, until records were better kept, giving Thomas’s office false license to pick and choose from every checking or credit card account to make up its list of supposedly illegal purchases."
Oh really? Then why did The Arizona Republic reprint HUNDREDS of expenditures from Stapley's campaign finance reports? $86,000 in expenditures from a campaign fund, spent on luxury personal items, does not constitute "small amounts." Was the Republic lying too? I think Stapley really thinks people are that stupid they'll believe his lies. Tellingly, the list of the expenditures has been scrubbed clean from the Republic's website, and also scrubbed from archive.org as well. (the link from this article no longer works -http://www.azcentral.com/…/20100620don-stapley-supervisor-i…)
Jesse Jackson, Jr., was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for the same thing Stapley did, spending campaign funds on personal luxury items! Yep, Maricopa County is now officially more corrupt than Cook County.
Note Stapley claims Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores was also wrong in concluding that he had violated the law. Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk also stated that the charges had merit against Stapley. So why didn't he file a bar complaint against them as well? Why aren't they disbarred like Andrew Thomas, suffering 6+ years of hell along with the rest of us?
Republicans in Arizona aren't stupid and there are plenty of better candidates in the race including Andy Biggs and Christine Jones.