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Beth Chapman and her Ethics (I know I'm days late)

by: gradyw

Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 23:32:32 PM CST

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Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman paid her company and her family out of her campaign funds in 2006. An ethics report was subsequently filed and Chapman was cleared of any ethics violations. While technically not a violation of any state law or ethics law, Chapman showed her lack of judgment and personal ethics.

These payments came after the election. You can view the 2007 expenditures that Chapman made.

Chapman was elected in 2006. Here are the payments made after the election in 2007. Essentially bonuses for winning.

1. She paid her teenage sons Taylor and Thatcher  $1,000 each on February 24, 2007.

2. She paid Beth Chapman and Associates $10,000 on March 31, 2007. Not marked as a loan repayment but administrative fees of $10,000.

3. She paid Taylor $2,000 again on June 26, 2007

4. She paid Beth Chapman and Associates another $3,252.37 on July 27, 2007

5. And She Gave Beth Chapman and Associates an Early Christmas bonus on December 1, 2007 for $2,500.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of campaign work could have been performed months after the election. If the payments were for legitimate work I question why would it not have been paid and reported earlier.

gradyw :: Beth Chapman and her Ethics (I know I'm days late)

I have obvious concerns in the money being paid months after the election. I'm just not sure why one check could not be written to Chapman and associates for all the work. I would also like to see if she had invoices for the work performed.

 The Birmingham News questions Chapman's judgment in an editorial today.  I am not sure that they went far in enough in their criticism.

What's more troubling is that Chapman began doing this when she was state auditor. Chapman paid her husband $10,000 on April 12, 2003.  Again several months after the campaign concluded and there was no purpose of expenditure marked.

Chapman knew what she could get away with. While I certainly fault her, I think that the real culprit is once again the Alabama State Legislature. I'm not sure how this went unnoticed in 2003, but it certainly did and will again unless laws are enacted to make this illegal.

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The most entertaining thing about this (4.00 / 1)

is who Chapman hired for an attorney: Bobby Segall (a past president of the ACLU of Alabama). Segall has also served as a cooperating attorney on several cases for the ACLU of Alabama (although he's not an "ACLU lawyer").

hmmmm... guess when you're in trouble, you go for the very best.  Still, it's suprising that a woman who gave this speech just a few years ago would be palling around with depending on someone with ties to an organization that has sued her in a voting rights case and works with an organization that Chapman and her ilk find deluded at best and anti-American at worst.

In case you can't stomach the entire speech, here are a few tidbits:

Tonight, I say we should support the President of the United States and the U.S. military and tell the liberal, tree-hugging, hippy, Birkenstock wearing, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and music and whine somewhere else.

---- snip ----

America has remained silent too long. God-fearing people have remained silent too long.

We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance and the strength and courage to sustain us throughout whatever the future may hold.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven-year-old son said terrorism is a war against us and them and if you're not one of us, then you're one of them.

So, I'm guessing "they" don't look too bad to either Chapman (or her son) when her butt is on the line.

Chapman runs with the same folks who think that the Christian Coalition of Alabama is "too liberal," and has, in fact, "been taken hostage by those who do not support the same family values the average Alabamian supports.”

It's a tribute to Chapman's committment to self and political preservation that she'd be willing to pal around with hire one of the best attorneys in the state - even if he has ties to the ACLU.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

LOL! (4.00 / 1)
I've just picked myself up off the floor after falling out of my chair laughing at someone thinking the Christian Coalition is too liberal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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C'mon, Alabama. We can catch up to Illinois, if we try. (4.00 / 1)
There are lots of corrupt things we could be doing that we haven't even thought of yet.  Beth is certainly doing her share.

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

Not to forget ... (4.00 / 1)

... that Bobby Segall is the father of recent Democratic Congressional nominee Josh Segall, and at one point in the numerous legal assaults on Don Siegelman, represented Don.



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