Report Details Spending By Former Arkansas Senator

Sep 18, 2013

Documents released by the Arkansas Ethics Commission show that a former state lawmaker who resigned over violations could only identify less than a quarter of the $63,000 his campaign spent as legitimately related to his re-election bid.

The Ethics Commission on Wednesday released the file related to the investigation into former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout, who stepped down last month after the panel ruled he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, stereo equipment and other personal items.

The report said that Bookout in June could only identify 5 items totaling $13,964 spent by his campaign as legitimate expenses, but the panel said that $4,000 of that wasn't a proper expense.

The $4,000 was a donation Bookout made to the state Democratic Party.