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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2008 7:16 am | Updated: 10:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale City Councilman Ron McCullagh failed this week to disclose required information about his high-powered campaign donors that have ties to major development projects, SkySong and Scottsdale Healthcare.

McCullagh told the Tribune on Friday that his campaign finance report will be amended as soon as possible to provide the employer and occupation of all his donors.

"I have that information, but I was focused on the finances of (the report) and it was just an oversight," McCullagh said.

A complaint was filed by a resident against McCullagh, who said after speaking with City Clerk Carolyn Jagger on Friday that he should amend the report.

McCullagh, who is seeking re-election in the Sept. 2 election, was the top fundraiser among the mayoral and council candidates, bringing in $23,590 since October 2006, according to the report due Thursday.

McCullagh received contributions from 115 people. Of those, 89 did not disclose all the required information about their employer and occupation. The other required information is a donor's address.

A candidate's political committee is required by state law to get the mailing address, occupation and employer of each individual contributor and include them in the report. If the information is not included on the original campaign finance report, it should be filed on an amended report.

The complaint was filed Thursday by resident George Knowlton, who wrote in his letter that "as a seasoned campaigner, the McCullagh Commitee should know well the rules and follow them to the letter."

McCullagh was first elected to the City Council in 2004. Before that, he ran unsuccessfully for the state Legislature.

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