Look Up Your Public Officials' Financial Disclosure Statements

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The Internet makes so many things so incredibly easy.

For one, you can, with the click of a button, see where your state-level elected officials get their money.

The Secretary of State's Office has an index where you can look up each person's financial disclosure documents, which have been filed this year.

Arizona's forms aren't quite as specific as the federal forms, which have higher ranges of values of someone's assets or liabilities. On the state forms, assets are identified in only three "value categories" -- $1,000 to $25,000, or $25,000 to $100,000, or more than $100,000. So you can't tell whether someone's checking account has $100,000 or $100 million.

The forms include sources of compensation, money owed, gifts received, affiliations with organizations, ownership in investment funds, businesses owned, and property owned.

For a politician who doesn't list any other source of income aside from his state job, like Republican Representative Don Shooter, the forms are mostly left blank.

However, if you're checking out Republican Senator Bob Worsley -- a co-founder of SkyMall and owner of energy and mineral companies -- there's quite a bit to look at. There are about 130 pages in Worsley's disclosure. (His list of trusts and investment funds spill onto two pages, while the number of businesses he controls barely fits onto one page).

In addition to curiosity, these documents can also be good for finding conflicts of interest -- like Republican Senator Steve Yarbrough's role in private schools and his role in sponsoring legislation that benefits those schools.

Click here to check out all the financial disclosure documents.

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6 comments
robert_graham
robert_graham

When I looked up Mary Rose Wilcox I found lots of bad things.

robert_graham
robert_graham

You mean except Democrats, right?  Because if we did look them up we'd find lots of wrongdoings. But of course if you do wrong that's okay.

teknik
teknik

@robert_graham  no actually, it's only your kind who pretend the folks on your side are heros who do no wrong.


we hate corruption, we don't cheer on underhanded dirty crooks, sorry but that's why you and your ilk are such a cancer.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@teknik @robert_graham 

Who do you consider to be his "ilk"?

It seems to me that he's pretty far out there, all by himself.

There are crooks on both ends of the spectrum, as well as fools who will only believe ill of those on the other end.  

 

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