( - promoted by mooncat)
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.