Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Lines Up $8,000 Job for his Girlfriend

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Elissa Mullany continues to make money off her relationship with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and his girlfriend, Elissa Mullany, have evolved over the past year - and not in a good way.

The couple used to try and hide the fact that they were using the Mayor's Office to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mullany's company. She was getting paid (generously) by Gordon for political fund-raising or managing inactive campaign accounts or organizing events in downtown Phoenix. That she was working for companies doing business with Phoenix.

These days, the two are flaunting their arrangement - one that violates the spirit of the conflict of interest law because it clearly gives preferential treatment to someone romantically involved with the mayor. Preferential treatment that comes with significant earning power.

Gordon tells the Arizona Republic that Mullany got the job organizing meetings with Bahraini business leaders because he gave her name to the consulting firm hired by those foreign officials. And, Mullany, makes no qualms about getting $8,000 out of the deal.

So, a company wants to bring in business leaders from an uber wealthy country to explore investment and business opportunities and what does the mayor of the fifth largest city in the United States do?

He puts them in touch with the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department? No. Connects them with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council? No. The Arizona Commerce Authority? No.

He goes solo and has them hire his girlfriend, who, for $8,000, arranges a couple of events and organizes meetings for them.

The conflict of interest laws are obviously in place to prevent elected officials from using their public office to give special treatment or financial benefits to family members. And since Gordon and Mullany aren't married - Mullany is still married to James Mullany - there is no legal violation.

(Their divorce case was dismissed, but court records show they got the ball rolling again at the beginning of the year.)

Using his influence to get companies doing business with (or in) Phoenix to put Mullany on their payroll is good example of how Gordon is inappropriately using his office to feather his girlfriend's nest.

But it is not the only one.

Mullany got a consulting contract with Phoenix developer Steve Ellman, who was in the market for some foreign investors to help with some of his development projects.

She got paid, some sources said she was raking in as much as $20,000 a month, and Ellman got special access to Gordon. He attended staff meetings in the Mayor's Office, traveled with Gordon to Mexico City to meet dignitaries in those countries, and was invited to dinners set up so he could have face-time with foreign leaders.

Mullany was also on the payroll of Veolia Transportation, the French transit company that won a $386 million contract to operate Phoenix city buses. She helped the company put together its winning bid and Gordon, although he declared a conflict of interest, worked behind the scenes to help the company sucker an extra $30 million from Phoenix.

There is also a "global connections" company that she apparently started up - reaping the benefits of international travel with Gordon to places like Dubai, Suadi Arabia, Qatar and Mexico.

And it is almost embarrassing that they just don't get it. Or, that they try to justify their conduct and mask it behind eye-catching headlines about foreign investments possibly creating local jobs.

Mullany told the Republic that "she sees no ethical conflict" even as her own comments that follow spell out exactly why it is there is an ethical conflict

"People might think that I'm abusing my role with him (Gordon)."

Why would people possibly think that? Because she gets special treatment from the Mayor's Office? Because she is asking him to give special attention to your clients? Because she is financially benefiting from her relationship with him and his elected post?

Well, yes. That's exactly what she told the Republic: "I might get his attention more than someone else, but I'm not asking him to do something that isn't good for the city and isn't benefiting anyone else."

That she can so freely make that statement, and it just seems to roll right past Phoenix "leaders" is a testament to how desensitized they have become to the pay-to-play system that Gordon has fostered during his tenure.

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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense. Gordon could never understand this and has cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants.

Jim Kay
Jim Kay

veolia's newest employee...the mayor of Phoenix. This schmuck belongs in jail.

Jim Kay
Jim Kay

veolia's newest employee...the mayor of Phoenix. This schmuck belongs in jail.

karma
karma

The people of Phoenix can now wonder why the City has serious financial problems.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

What is sad is that she feels entitled to cut ahead of the line. What other company might have benefited if given a fair chance to promote themselves. She must think very highly of herself to be able to say , "I'm not asking him to do something that isn't good for the city and isn't benefiting anyone else." " Her Royal Highness has deemed it good. But she wouldn't be getting ANY of those perks if she wasn't commiting adultery with Gordon.

karma
karma

You're absolutely right Jester. She has been doing this while married for many years now. Just ask the right people. Her husband, duped by her. Like the rest of us.

Self Help Guru
Self Help Guru

hey Phil she dont care about you dude she just wants your money.

Self Help Guru
Self Help Guru

how did a stupid ugly wimpy pussy nerd dork geek motherfucker get a broad like that? anyone? anyone? his money got her is the correct answer. in the end most men pay for pussy one way or the other. thats why you see so many fat bald ugly guys with nice looking broads. the guy has money to spoil her with. more proof that the 1960s and 70s womens movement was a failure for females. after all these years females still depend on men financially way to much. isnt that sad? women are lazy losers and users of men. men are stupid to.

Forresterx81
Forresterx81

Geez !!! What set your filthy mouth off, Self Help Guru?

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