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Lubbock City Council Candidate Maurice Stanley Donates Anonymous Campaign Donations

Ariel Walden, KFYO.com

A local campaign for Lubbock City Council has announced that they have donated their small cash contributions to a local organization.

Maurice Stanley, a local barber who is running for the District Three seat on the Lubbock City Council, announced Monday that they have donated their small cash contributions to the Texas-South Plains Honor Flight.

Stanley had raised the $2,740 in a bucket labeled “Maurice’s Common Sense Fund” which was placed in his barber shop. He had used the bucket to raise money for charity prior to the campaign. The donations were anonymous, which are legally problematic for a campaign.

Stanley weighed in, saying “I made a mistake. This is my first campaign, and we have no professional political consultants. My understanding was that because donations of under $50 don’t have to be recorded on the campaign finance report, I thought we didn’t have to record names and contacts of 300 regular, ordinary folks who donated 50 cents, $1, $5, $10, or $20.”

After the concerns over the small donations were raised over the weekend, the campaign contacted the Texas Ethics Commission. They then contacted the Texas-South Plains Honor Flight.

A press release sent out by the Maurice Stanley Campaign says that Stanley intends to personally contribute to the campaign to help cover the funds, which were about one-third of all reported contributions.

“Just like any donation $50 and over, contributors of one cent to $49.99 will have name, address, and phone numbers recorded going forward,” said Stanley. “Lesson learned.”

Stanley will face off in the May 10th City of Lubbock election for the District Three seat against Deanne Clark and Jeff Griffith.

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