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FOLLOWING THE MONEY: On Mark Darr's four-man scramble.
  • FOLLOWING THE MONEY: On Mark Darr's four-man scramble.

The line is open.

* DARR'S DOINGS: I'll close with more from the file of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, facing an Ethics Commission and Legislative Audit review for spending of both official and campaign money since his election in 2010.

Here's another item of interest.

In October 2011, Darr threw a four-man scramble golf tournament to raise money to help pay off his campaign debt. He paid more than $3,500 to an event planner and more than $1,700 to the Lost Springs Golf Course in Rogers to hold the event.

The planner, Laurie Lee, says she sold at least one "sponsorship" for each of the 18 holes at a rate of $250 to $350 for "premium" holes. That alone should have raised almost $5,000. She said she couldn't recall how many four-man teams paid $500 (or $125 each unless one contributor paid for a whole team) to play in the tournament, but it was well-attended. She said the money was collected by the Darr campaign, including the day of the tournament at registration. Bruce Campbell, Darr's chief of staff, was among those gathering the money, Lee said.

So how much did the event raise? Who were the sponsors? Darr's campaign finance reports for the period show no receipts specifically attributed to the day of the tournament, Oct. 7.

Here's the report for the last three months of 2011.  There are payments in late November and December in amounts similar to those necessary for sponsorships or a full team payment, but no $125 contributions. Lee said some sponsors had to be "dunned" to pay up, so it's possible some of these payments are indeed late payments. UA Trustee John Goodson's law firm in Texarkana accounted for $6,000 on this report, by the way.

The report for July through September  similarly lacked any obvious golf tourney contributions, though Lee said efforts to line up support began in August and some of the amounts listed in that time period could have been for sponsorships. My effort to get more information from Darr's office was unsuccessful.

More interesting is the fact that the two 2011 reports together reported almost $8,000 in nonitemized cash contributions. Contributions of $50 or more must be itemized, So Darr would appear to be reporting at least 160 in individual contributions of amounts less than $50 to amass $8,000. It's a curiously large amount.

* ROTC AT ARKANSAS STATE: The chancellor at ASU today put out a statement today acknowledging a report that ROTC at ASU might be on the federal chopping block. Chancellor Tim Hudson said the school will work to continue military science at ASU.




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