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Back in July, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel stirred up some publicity by spending $6,000 to make a movie to play at a State Police luncheon. In it, he announced that he'd be directing $700,000 from the state's settlement of a lawsuit with a drug company to the State Police Foundation so that it could build a training facility at the State Police shooting range on Correction Department property at Wrightsville. This in turn raised questions about McDaniel's use of the money for a purpose not specified in the order disbursing settlement money.
McDaniel, we learned last week, still hasn't transferred the money to the private State Police Foundation. A spokesman would only say the money would be transferred soon and that there was "no specific reason" the money had not yet been transferred. Dick Cisne, a Little Rock resident who is head of the Foundation, said he'd heard nothing about the transfer, but still expected the money.
He said an architect was working on plans for the building to meet the expected budget. He volunteered that the facility would be open to other law enforcement agencies, not just the State Police.
The gift of $700,000 is a big deal for the Foundation, which exists to provide things that state money doesn't cover. According to the last tax return on file for the nonprofit, it had assets of only about $80,000.