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Aug 25, 2013

Ethics, Who Needs ‘Em?

Bookout, Darr Run Afoul of Ethics Commission Activists were after both Paul Bookout and Lt. Governor Mark Darr.  A “right-winger” in Bookout’s district and a leftist blogger after Darr both got the answers they were seeking this week, it seems. In Darr’s case, the left-leading Blue Hog Report is still sifting through Darr’s Republican campaign...

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Bookout, Darr Run Afoul of Ethics Commission

ethics-govActivists were after both Paul Bookout and Lt. Governor Mark Darr.  A “right-winger” in Bookout’s district and a leftist blogger after Darr both got the answers they were seeking this week, it seems.

In Darr’s case, the left-leading Blue Hog Report is still sifting through Darr’s Republican campaign finance reports and finding problems with badly documented expenses.

As a result, Darr filed an ethics complaint against himself, taking the position that he would work with the Ethics Commission to correct the issues.

A 2006 special election allowed Democrat Bookout to follow his father serving in the state Senate.

But he resigned last week after the Ethics Commission levied on him its largest fine ever — $8,000 — and reprimanded him for spending thousands of dollars from his campaign fund on clothing for his wife, home theater equipment for his home, and other personal items.

The panel said Bookout had put more than $18,000 from his campaign in his personal bank account.

Remember the non-partisan group Regnat Populus that spearheaded ethics reform here in 2012?

We look to see them return for another round during the next election cycle.  It seems Arkansas needs it.

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