Bookout repaying contributors | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bookout repaying contributors

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

click to enlarge PAYBACKS: From Paul Bookout.
  • PAYBACKS: From Paul Bookout.
The Jonesboro Sun reports in an article picked up by AP that former Sen. Paul Bookout  is voluntarily paying back campaign contributors to his 2012 campaign. He was unopposed and resigned from office after the Ethics Commission found he had spent $53,000 of the money he raised on personal expenses, from a home entertainment system  to clothing. He was fined $8,000.

Bookout's attorney emphasized that Bookout made the decision voluntarily and was not ordered to repay the money by the Ethics Commission. But it was pretty well a necessity, given that converting the money to personal use could have created a taxable event. My sources have been saying for weeks that a special state prosecutor's review of the Bookout case has expanded to federal authorities. State law provides only misdemeanors for use of campaign money, but federal authorities can enhance potential violations through use of mail fraud and income tax statutes. Repayment of money never erases a crime, but it can be considered in mitigating penalties. Bookout's case runs deep, because there's suspicion that the 2012 campaign wasn't Bookout's first in which contributions in excess of campaign expenses might have been spent in questionable ways.

CC: Mark Darr.


Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansan on Obama's latest commutation list

    President Obama today announced commutations of the sentences of 111 federal prisoners, including one from Arkansas.
    • Aug 30, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • A response to police arrests becomes a tutorial on race, class and policing in Little Rock

    John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
    • Sep 29, 2016

Most Recent Comments

 

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