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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. -"State police open probe on Elwood mayor's campaign funds"

Ken de la Bastide and Zach Osowski reported in The Anderson Herald Bulletin March 2nd in a lengthy story that began:

ELWOOD – The Indiana State Police and FBI are investigating campaign finance expenditures by Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold for 2012 and 2013, according to local officials.

In particular, Arnold spent campaign money for out-of-state travel and personal bills, which could be seen as a violation of state election laws. A Herald Bulletin review of Arnold’s campaign finance records found that he spent $7,264 for Verizon wireless service and $3,939 for Comcast cable service.

The investigation is being conducted by the ISP Organized Crime and Corruption Unit. * * *

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said Monday the ISP approached him before the investigation began. State police received complaints about alleged irregularities in Arnold’s campaign finance report, Cummings said.

Initially, Cummings turned down a request for a subpoena by ISP for Arnold’s campaign bank records. But after being informed that the campaign paid for a hotel room in California and cable bills, Cummings approved the subpoena of the campaign committee’s bank records.

“There are several possible statute violations,” Cummings said. “You can’t use campaign funds for your own personal use.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 4, 2014 02:11 PM
Posted to Indiana Government