Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, who is running for Illinois Secretary of State, admitted – after NBC 5 raised questions – that she had “made an honest mistake” by not disclosing on her city’s ethics statements for two years that her husband, Reyahd Kazmi, was a highly influential Monterrey security lobbyist.
NBC 5 has learned that in its 2020 and 2021 declarations of economic interests, Valencia did not disclose Kazmi’s lobbying work and did not report his income.
Monterrey Security, which started with Santiago Solis, brother of the former Ald. Danny Solis, has received millions of dollars in municipal contracts over the years at Soldier Field, major COVID-19 vaccination facilities and assisted police during the 2020 civil unrest.
Shortly after Kazmi’s contract with Monterrey began, Valencia reached out to the company’s CEO for help in finding new sports partners for its CityKey program which replaced the old municipal ID card.
After our questions, Valencia changed the financial disclosure forms and also added three other companies for which her husband is a lobbyist and which do business in the city: Black Dog, Chicago Commons and National Youth Advocate Program.
Turns out Kazmi in 2020 didn’t disclose on his state lobbying forms Monterrey Security or Black Dog.
If Valencia became secretary of state, she would oversee lobbyists, including declarations of economic interests.