Fraud prevalent in signature gathering of 4 campaigns

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Capitol Times

Clifford Curry seems really good at his job.

He collected hundreds of signatures for candidates running for governor, Congress and the Legislature.

On just one day alone, Curry collected 200 signatures for Mark Syms, the independent candidate running for the Senate in Legislative District 28. That’s more than 16 times the average 12 signatures collected on a daily basis by other petition gatherers.

And that’s just one of the issues with the signatures Curry collected that stood out to attorneys who challenged Syms’ nominating petitions for alleged forgery.

In addition to Syms, Curry collected signatures for three other candidates whose nominating petitions have also been challenged, and two of the campaigns were abolished.

But no one knows who Curry is.

Curry listed his address at a downtown Phoenix homeless shelter on the nominating petitions. Court and property records searches did not turn up any records related to someone with that name.


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