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Maggio fined, warned by Ethics Commission

Posted: October 27, 2010 - 8:49pm

Circuit Judge Mike Maggio was issued a Public Letter of Warning and fined $500 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission after he allegedly took campaign funds as personal income and failed to report how the money was spent during the 2008 election.

According to documents released by the Commission, the Public Letter of Warning “is codemnatory in nature and serves to express the strong disapproval of your misconduct.” The letter states further that it is “the Commission’s view that such misconduct serves to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the governmental process.”

Maggio signed a written Offer of Settlement “agreeing that the Commission make a finding” that he violated Arkansas Code Annotated 7-6-203(g)(1), 7-6-206 and 7-6-207(b)(1)(E)-(H) “by taking campaign funds as personal income, by failing to maintain proper records of all campaign expenditures and by failing to properly report those expenditures on (his) Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports filed with the Secretary of State during that particular election cycle.”

The Commission’s investigation focused on three checks that were drawn on the account of Keep Mike Maggio Campaign Committee and deposited into the personal checking account of Maggio and his ex-wife, Emily. The checks were written for $500, $1,254.97 and $600.

Maggio’s C&E reports claimed the $500 check was used for a newspaper advertisement, materials for yard signs, campaign materials and invitations to fundraisers. However, receipts for the expenditures did not total $500.

Maggio claimed that the $600 check was written to pay his ex-wife for “services rendered during the course of the campaign. However, no record beyond the check itself was produced to support such an expenditure.” There was also no record of the check on the C&E reports.

The check for $1,254.97 was listed on Maggio’s final C&E report as an expenditure to the Conway Country Club for a “campaign committee meeting,” but was actually made out to Maggio’s ex-wife.

Both Maggio and his ex-wife told the commission that the check was used for the cost of food catered on election night and room rental fees in the amount of $600 for campaign office space at the Conway Country Club.

The Commission received conflicting evidence concerning the cost of the food, but no records were produced to substantiate the payment for room rental fees.

The Ethics Commission sent the certified letter to Maggio notifying him of the fine and warning on Oct. 5.

(Staff writer Stephanie Fischer can be reached by e-mail at stephanie.fischer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1238. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)

 

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i_wonder
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i_wonder 10/27/10 - 10:43 pm
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smart man
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Takes more than $2300 and only has to pay $500.
That's a good business decision right there!

monroe
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monroe 10/27/10 - 11:04 pm
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What happened to ethics in

What happened to ethics in government. comingling campain money is happening way more often than you think. remember this next election. But voters have a short memory.

grace
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grace 10/28/10 - 12:06 am
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$500 fine?

You know he knew he was cheating the campaign rules writing checks to his wife.

ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 10/28/10 - 08:47 am
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It Stinks

It stinks that this jerk judge will probably get re-elected in a couple of years even though he's gotten caught taking campaign money for personal use.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 10/28/10 - 08:56 am
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How

I'm curious: How did the paper find out about this, what appears to be a press release was issued by what entity?

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conwaygirl 10/28/10 - 08:58 am
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And I believe he and his wife

And I believe he and his wife are divorced....so why does the article refer to her as his wife and not his EX-wife? I guess bc she was his wife at the time of the campaign. Very unfortunante that happened....get an accountant to handle your accounts like this rather than trying to do it yourself...that way you know its being handled properly!

i_wonder
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i_wonder 10/28/10 - 09:23 am
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Igor, the article states...
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"According to documents released by the Commission..."

conwaygirl
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conwaygirl 10/28/10 - 10:49 am
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The Arkansas Democrat Gazette

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette ran this in their paper yesterday and on their website they have a PDF format of all the documents to review....here is the link:

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010/oct/27/circuit-judge-violated-la...

i_wonder
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i_wonder 10/28/10 - 11:59 am
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what if Maggio were to accept a check from Hiland?

Discuss...

GM
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GM 10/28/10 - 12:10 pm
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The linked PDF seems to indicate ...

... that with regard to the $500 check, receipts were submitted to the Commission totaling $497.83. According to the correspondence, the problem was not that there was inadequate documentation for that reimbursement check (I guess other than the other $2.17) but that one of the items for which there was a receipt had cost in excess of $100 so it was supposed to have been broken out seperately somewhere on some form.

A least that's the way I read it.

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