‘Dark money’ present in Elevate Flagstaff finance reports

By Corina Vanek | Arizona Daily Sun

In the first reporting period of the year for political donations, the group behind the ballot measure seeking to essentially repeal Flagstaff’s new higher minimum wage act has reported most of its contributions coming from outside the city.

In all, Elevate Flagstaff reported raising $26,135 from January 1 through March 31. Its November 2018 ballot measure seeks to revert Flagstaff’s minimum wage, which will reach $15.50 in 2022, to the state minimum, which reaches $12 in 2020, and transfer enforcement from the city to the state.

Of that money, $17,812 was reported as an in-kind donation from a group called American Encore, a group operating with a Phoenix post office box address. The same amount was also listed as given to a group called Axiom Public Affairs, a Phoenix-based company that Elevate reported as giving political consulting to the group.

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