Mississippi PEP

BY: Sam Hall | Clarion Ledger

(T)he questions surrounding (State Auditor Stacey) Pickering still swirl. His explanations to date have been more about politics than the expenditures. He seems fairly content to blame Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, his Republican primary opponent, for this story making headlines. However, we would never have run a story about an alleged FBI investigation on just the word of a political candidate or a former campaign staffer. Butler has been talking about the car Pickering bought with campaign funds and that his daughter has driven as a student at Ole Miss for months. That’s nothing new. Neither are revelations about a garage door. What’s new is that federal authorities have taken a serious interest in these and other campaign-related expenditures, along with no-bid contracts let by the auditor’s office.
The biggest question Pickering has so far avoided is this: Has he claimed funds he…

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