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Arizona Candidate for Treasurer has Ethics Problems

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Arizona Senator Dean Martin, (R-Phoenix) has filed papers to replaced embattled State Treasurer David Peterson (R-Mesa), as Arizona Treasurer. Soon after Peterson announced that he will not seek re-election, Sen. Martin announced that he will seek the office, however, it has been discovered that Martin may have ethical problems of his own.

Records at the Arizona Secretary of State's office show that Sen. Martin paid a company he owns, Digital Print Design, which is based in a rented mail box at Paradise Valley Mall, $9,022.01 in campaign funds from his 2004 senate campaign for printing. Martin also paid a public relations firm, Grassroots Programs, owned by his wife, Kerry Martin, $7,331.54 for "Voter contact." Grassroots Programs, is also based in the same rented mail box as Digital Print Design. There is no telephone listing in Arizona or Web site for either Digital Print Design or Grassroots Programs.

Records also show that Sen. Martin also spent $650 to rent a movie theater for a, "Birthday party," for himself with campaign funds and invited professional lobbyist who could funnel more money to the senator.

Campaign finance records also show that Sen. Martin used $2,281.61 in campaign funds for cell phone service and also paid a $1,040.46 bar tab at Tom's Tavern in downtown Phoenix with campaign donations. Over $12,000 in other consumer goods and merchandise was purchased with campaign funds, mostly electronics and computer equipment, which Sen. Martin is allowed to keep for his own personnel use.

Martin's 2004 Democratic opponent in his GOP safe district was a professional petition gatherer, Marla Wing, she spent a total of $26 on her campaign, $10 of which was a late fee.

Information on Sen. Martin's campaign finance irregularities were not discovered until after the 2004 general election.

Sen. Martin's campaign finance reports are available online at the Arizona Secretary of State's Web site (
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