Black Ops Organization to be Investigated

June 14, 2013
DiCiccio for City Council

City Clerk finds evidence for campaign violations, fine could be hundreds of thousands of dollars

Phoenix, AZ – Yesterday, the Phoenix City Clerk asked the Arizona Secretary of State to investigate Campaign for a Better Neighborhood for campaign law violations.

Campaign for a Better Neighborhood has consistently done everything a campaign committee would do except disclose their donors and file as a political committee with the City of Phoenix, both of these actions are required by law.

"This secret group was clearly created to oppose my re-election and stop me from continuing to push fiscal reforms," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. "They are hiding their donors who we suspect to be government union bosses. These Chicago-style intimidation tactics are shameful."

The Arizona Republic has reported on the actions of Campaign for a Better Neighborhood saying:

"Black ops group targets Sal DiCiccio"
May 14, 2013

"The group launched its first hit piece"
May 14, 2013

"the group is trying to intimidate him"
May 3, 2013

The secret "black ops" group has ties to both the Arizona Democrat Party and the union leadership. Joseph Larios, Leah Gillespie and Kenneth Chapman all are tied to either the union leadership, the Democrat Party and or publicly support Councilman DiCiccio's opponent.

The fine for failing to properly disclose campaign activity is three times the cost of the expense. Currently, after three district-wide hit pieces, numerous emails, and a Web site, this fine should be well over $100,000 that Mr. Larios, Ms. Gillespie, and Mr. Chapman would be personally liable to pay.

About Councilman Sal DiCiccio
Councilman Sal DiCiccio was appointed by the Mayor and Phoenix City Council to fill out the term of Councilman Greg Stanton on February 10, 2009. DiCiccio was elected to a full term of his own in November 2009. He was previously elected to the Phoenix City Council in 1994 and 1998.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio to Italian immigrants, DiCiccio is the oldest of three boys. DiCiccio's parents moved to the United States in the late '50s to join family and pursue the American Dream. Armed with a sixth grade education, DiCiccio's father worked as a laborer and his mother as a seamstress. In 1962, DiCiccio's family relocated to Phoenix.

Proud of both his country and his heritage, DiCiccio takes the lessons learned in a working class home and applies them to his work at the city every day. A businessman and fiscal conservative, DiCiccio looks for opportunities to stretch every dollar on behalf of the taxpayer.

DiCiccio is married to Debbie DiCiccio and has twin daughters, Anna and Emilia.

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