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Compton Elections: Who is funding Aja Brown’s campaign

Mayor Aja Brown officially launches her campaign for re-relection to a second term to lead the City of Compton, Sat., Feb. 11, 2017. (photo: Compton Herald)

As Mayor Aja Brown continues her quest to become the city’s first female mayor to successfully be re-elected, 2 Urban Girls has examined where her campaign monies are coming from.  Interestingly, the majority is coming from outside city limits.  The mayor’s annual form 700’s show she claims most of her income derives from her nonprofit, Urban Vision CDC.  According to Guidestar, the nonprofit brought in $54,000 in 2015 and tax filings for 2016 have yet to be filed.  Of the $54,000 received expenses total $47,000 for conferences and meetings.  It is not clear if Compton’s Aeronautical Museum received $5,000 from Urban Vision as she told the LA Times after her state of the city.  They city clerk’s office has refused public records requests to provide proof of Urban Vision paying back nearly $31,000 to the city for facility/staff use.

In a statement released to The Times, Brown said the nonprofit, Urban Vision Community Development Corporation, received $57,665 in donations from the event. Of that total, $30,580 was paid to the city to reimburse it for upfront costs associated with the gala, according to city records. Van Brown, who is listed in state filings as an agent of the nonprofit, said Urban Vision’s board donated $5,000 from the event to a youth program at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum and is looking at other opportunities to support local youth programs.

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