State treasurer's messy books | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

State treasurer's messy books

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Good for the Democrat-Gazette, which got some comment today from State Treasurer Martha Shoffner about her campaign finance reports. Mistakes were made — many times. As I'd mentioned previously, campaign finances were another subject — along with suggestions of favoritism in state investment business — that Shoffner has refused to return my calls about.

Details aren't necessary. It's simple. The state treasurer, responsible for handling billions in state money, was unable to accurately report income and expense on a campaign account of less than $100,000. She's now amended reports, but has offered no coherent explanation for how things got so screwed up. Confidence inspiring? No.

I still would like to ask her how she spent $900 a month for a lease on a car for her commuting use, even if such a use is a legal use of carryover campaign money. I'm told she drives an old Ford van. She's not much of a money manager if she can't do better than that on $900 a month. I would have asked her for a copy of the checks to the Newport car lot owner for starters.

Tags: ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (75)

Showing 1-50 of 75

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 75

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation