Dustin McDaniel reports misuse of campaign money | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dustin McDaniel reports misuse of campaign money

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The recent campaign finance report filed by the now-defunct gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel indicates more misdeeds by a campaign worker arrested in February for thefts from McDaniel's state office in the Tower Building, as well as other state offices there.

Filed April 15, it showed McDaniel had cumulatively raised about $1.3 million and spent $1.2 million. The report also includes several pages of "unauthorized" expenditures, totaling around $7,000, at local retailers and by William Jeter III, 27, who'd been a paid campaign staff member who worked on fund-raising.

McDaniel said these unauthorized items appeared to be charges for items purchased by Jeter and later pawned, such as cameras and tablet computers. He said the campaign credit card was used and the expenditures had to be accounted for in the campaign report. He said he knew of no other way to account for them other than reporting them. He said he hoped restitution might be possible for some of the expenses.

Jeter was arrested in February for stealing furniture from the attorney general's office. He was filmed on office security cameras, McDaniel said. Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley is continuing to investigate the case. Jeter was charged with four counts of theft in office thefts in February, according to press accounts.

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