One of Schaffer's companies, G & S Transit Management, donated
$250 to his longtime girlfriend Councilwoman Stacey Murphy's
campaign, finance disclosure records show.
Schaffer and Murphy were arrested Wednesday as part of an ongoing
investigation into the Vineland Boyz street gang.
Schaffer, 51, allegedly swapped handguns with gang members in
exchange for cocaine, police said.
Murphy was arrested for possession of cocaine and child
endangerment for having three handguns and ammunition in the garage
of her Lima Street home that could be easily accessed by her
12-year-old son, police said.
It is never easy to know what is going on with the private lives
of those making donations to a campaign, Golonski said.
"If you look at a number of people who received money [from
Schaffer] not a single one of them had a clue," Golonski said.
Schaffer also contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of
at least three Glendale City Council members during the last
election, campaign records showed.
Documents filed with the Glendale City Clerk's office show that
between May 2004 and February 2005, a total of more than $11,000 in
cash or in-kind donations were given to the campaigns of Councilmen
Bob Yousefian, Ara Najarian and Dave Weaver by Schaffer, companies
for which he is listed as an owner or officer, and employees of those
At least two other sitting members of the Burbank council received
funds from Schaffer.
Mayor Jef Vander Borght said that he received a donation from
either Schaffer or one his transit companies in 2003 during his run
for the council but he did not recall the exact amount.
At that time, there was no knowledge of the legal problems
Schaffer would find himself in two years later, Vander Borght said.
"If I was running now and given the money I would have second
thoughts and not take it," Vander Borght said.
Vice Mayor Todd Campbell recalled receiving a $250 check from
Schaffer during his 2003 run for the council but couldn't recall
whether he even cashed it, he said.
He may have returned the money that he received it late in the
campaign because it was no longer needed, Campbell said.
"I know for sure that he did not finance me in the primary," said
Campbell, who is serving his first council term.
Attempts to reach Councilwoman Marsha Ramos were not successful.
Murphy is free on $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Burbank
Superior Court on Aug. 25
Schaffer is being held in federal custody and scheduled to appear
in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on July 28.
* MARK MADLER covers Burbank City Hall and the courts. He may be
reached at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at mark.madlerlatimes.com.