Posted 2/1/2013 08:13 am
Updated 10 months ago
LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Beebe received more than $17,000 worth of airfare, lodging and other expenses for trips he went on last year, with most for a pair of economic development missions overseas, according to a financial interest report he filed Thursday.
Beebe reported the four trips as gifts and non-governmental sources of payment on his annual statement of financial interest. Thursday was the deadline for elected officials to file the documents, which detail their income, gifts and holdings.
Most of the money was for the pair of economic development trips. Beebe reported that Arkansas Economic Development Foundation paid $6,309 for his airfare for an April trip to China and $4,385 for his delegation's transportation, guides and interpreters.
He reported that the French government paid $5,357 for his June trip to France as part of an agricultural outreach mission. The Arkansas Economic Development Foundation paid $9,115 for first lady Ginger Beebe to accompany him to China and $5,741 for her to go with him to France.
Aside from the overseas trips, Beebe reported that the University of Arkansas provided him round trip air travel, valued at $832, on its plane to the Cotton Bowl in January. Arkansas State University provided its plane for a round-trip flight, valued at $611, to the Go Daddy Bowl.
The gifts are one of the few areas on the disclosure forms where elected officials are required to list specific estimates. For income and holdings, they don't list specific amounts and instead check boxes marked either "more than $1,000" or "more than $12,500."
Aside from his salary as governor, Beebe reported more than $51,000 in income from certificates of deposit and bonds. Beebe reported having more than $176,000 invested in bonds, certificates of deposit and a money market account.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel reported that the National Association of Attorneys General paid $2,005 in food, lodging and travel for his trip in June to the group's summer meeting in Alaska. The group paid $1,057 for his trip to its spring meeting in Washington in March. He also reported that the Democratic Attorneys General Association paid $1,484 for his food, lodging and travel for its winter meeting in Florida
Secretary of State Mark Martin reported that Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell provided $450 worth of lodging for an Election Integrity Summit he attended in December.
A report was not available late Thursday for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr. Treasurer Martha Shoffner, Auditor Charlie Daniels and Land Commissioner John Thurston did not report any gifts or trips.
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