Full Financial Disclosure

Back in the old days, when politicians still felt obliged to reveal their finances...

October 1952: Mike Murphy, 12-year-old candidate for secretary of the student body at Madison high school in Phoenix, AZ, felt it would be the honest thing to do to release a full financial statement. He revealed that he earned a dollar a week allowance, and a dollar for every gopher he caught in the yard. Gophers from neighbors' yards didn't count. He won the election.

Kansas City Times - Oct 13, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 13, 2017
Category: Politics, 1950s





Comments
So if he gets fined out of his allowance, can't catch gophers, and never got a campaign contribution, where did he the money for printing the cards come from?
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 09/13/17 at 12:16 PM
I was paid a penny for each slug I dispatched in the side yard with a weeding tool (slug sticker). Some evenings I made close to a buck!
Posted by Muddyvalley in McMinnville on 09/13/17 at 01:24 PM
I wonder if he had a little dog?
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 09/13/17 at 01:48 PM
I think the kid was referencing allegations against Nixon for him having a slush fund when we was trying to become vice president with Eisenhower. Nixon dispelled it with his Checkers speech. No reports as to if the kid had a dog though, KDP.
Posted by Fluffy Bunny Slippers on 09/14/17 at 07:25 PM