Today, the Chicago Tribune published a story containing more information on Angela Clay’s mystery business ventures that raise serious questions about her failure to comply with ethics filings that are required for candidates for office and potential shady business dealings. This follows Crain’s Chicago Business reporting on Clay’s failure to file her Statement of Economic Interest correctly and failure to disclose federal PPP loans and a tax lien.
This reporting raises many questions about Clay’s fitness for public office and voters deserve answers from Clay to the following questions:
- 1. Why does Clay refuse to provide media or voters proof of any of her businesses, including the Pink Ribbon Hair Company which received $40,000 in PPP loans?
- 2. According to an SBA report, the $40,000 in PPP loans that Angela Clay received were for a “packaging and labeling company,” which Pink Ribbon Hair Company is not. However, there is another company called AC Scents (which shares a business address with her and her third company, Saij Corp, at 6028 S. Wabash), which IS a packaging and labeling company, according to an Experian report. Therefore, why is Clay receiving PPP loans for a business that is NOT a packaging and labeling company?
- 3. Clay claims in the Chicago Tribune story that Pink Ribbon Hair, which launched in 2014, made $100,000 in 2019. If it was doing so well, why did she not disclose this business or any income of $1,000 or more from it in her Chicago Board of Ethics filing when she ran for Alderwoman in 2019?
- 4. Why is Pink Ribbon Hair Company not registered as required by law with the Cook County Clerk? Why is AC Scents, whose business address is also listed at 6028 S. Wabash, also not registered as required by law with the Cook County Clerk?
- 5. Why is there absolutely no digital presence or footprint for Pink Ribbon Hair Company or AC Scents?
- 6. Why is Clay’s Delaware-incorporated company Saij Corp. not registered with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office despite having an Illinois business address at 6028 S. Wabash?
- 7. Why does the email contact not work nor does the phone number on the website for Saij Corp?
- 8. Has Angela Clay paid taxes on her businesses if she is failing to register them with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, given that she also has an outstanding $18,000 lien for unpaid federal taxes?
“Voters of the 46th Ward deserve answers from Angela Clay before election day,” said Mars Rodriguez, Campaign Manager for Kim Walz. “For weeks, voters and media have been asking Clay questions about these businesses. Her inability to be transparent and answer these questions should raise serious concerns with voters about her ability to represent them. The 46th Ward deserves transparent leaders, and if Clay continues to refuse to address these questions, voters should ask themselves what is she hiding? Chicago has an unfortunate history of ethics failures in our elected officials and voters should beware when candidates refuse to be transparent. These are the same kind of accountability failures that Kim Walz has been fighting against her whole career.”