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FBI confirms State Treasurer Martha Shoffner's arrest, apparently for official misconduct
Arkansas Times ^ | Sat, May 18, 2013 at 6:45 PM | Posted by Max Brantley

Posted on 05/18/2013 6:34:58 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

The shoe drops. This mug shot of Democratic state Treasurer Martha Shoffner appeared on the Pulaski County sheriff's office jail intake page late this afternoon. (She looked a little distracted when I saw her looking over the cottage cheese in a case at Kroger's earlier this week.) Sorry: I originally called her auditor incorrectly. I have many calls out for more information.

Shoffner has been under scrutiny for a variety of issues including charges of favoritism in handling of state investments with a securities firm and also in sloppy reporting and spending of state campaign finance money. She's been subject, too, of a tough legislative audit and Republicans have been calling for her to resign.

UPDATE: I"ve heard from Kimberly Brunell, agent in charge of the Little Rock office of the FBI. She's circumspect:

I can tell you that FBI agents today arrested Martha Shoffner on Hobbs Act charges.

Brunell said there'd be more information at a news conference Monday, probably following Shoffner's appearance in a U.S. magistrate's court. She'll remain jailed until then.

I tried to press Brunell, but she said she couldn't provide details. She did say, in response to my question of whether campaign finance or official conduct figured in the charges, that I should look to the portion of the Hobbs Act that refers to "extortion under color of official rights." Said Brunell: "That was the part she was charged under." Then she said no more.

Here's what you need to know about the Hobbs Act. Excerpt:

In order to show a violation of the Hobbs Act under this provision, the Supreme Court recently held that "the Government need only show that a public official has obtained a payment to which he was not entitled, knowing that the payment was made in return for official acts."

I guess you could still argue, knowing nothing of the facts underlying this arrest, that this still could pertain to campaign contributions in return for official acts, as well as payments of some sort for investment decisions. Monday should be interesting.

Republicans are popping champagne corks. Justifiably,


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; corruption; crime; democrats; extortion

1 posted on 05/18/2013 6:34:58 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

You don’t mean another corrupt representative of the Democratic [sic] party, do you? Those mean Republicans never share the glory! No fair!


2 posted on 05/18/2013 6:44:49 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: DeaconBenjamin

ARKANSAS for those that not knowing the state.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 6:48:15 PM PDT by deport
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To: Standing Wolf

How did Holder let this slip by? He’s got some splainin’ to do.


4 posted on 05/18/2013 6:48:26 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

It is all Rush Limbaugh’s fault donchano.


5 posted on 05/18/2013 6:52:37 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: deport

The source is the Arkansas Times.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 6:53:02 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Controversy

In the summer of 2010, Shoffner came under much controversy when she said she would refuse to keep a log of her mileage in her state owned vehicle, saying “If I wanted to keep a log, I’d drive a truck.” At the time there was much scrutiny over the personal use of state owned vehicles, Shoffner admitted to using her vehicle for personal use. During this time frame, Shoffner was also criticized for calling the Arkansas State Trooper assigned as protective detail of Governor Mike Beebe as a “manservant”.

After being re-elected, Treasurer Shoffner came under fire for letting go of long time state employee and Chief Deputy State Treasuer Karla Sheppard. Shoffner cited that she was attempting to take the office in a different direction.

In November of 2011 it was revealed by journalist Michael Wickline that Shoffner had used state funds to do fundraising out of state. It was revealed that Treasurer Shoffner stayed an extra night at the conclusion of a New York City National Association of State Treasurers Conference to raise money with a New York City Law Firm that does business with the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, a board in which the Treasurer serves. It was revealed that the Treasurer had also received one check for $10,000, eight thousand over the legal limit in Arkansas. The Treasurer attempted to conceal this by listing multiple names on her required campaign finance reports.


7 posted on 05/18/2013 6:54:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: DeaconBenjamin

This is a real surprise. I didn’t think any laws applied to the DemocRATS and were only out there to be used against Republicans, TEA Party members, Christians, taxpayers and conservatives. You know, Americans.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 6:56:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Who's next?
9 posted on 05/18/2013 6:56:53 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Nancy Pelosi wannabe

10 posted on 05/18/2013 6:59:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Used to be called just ‘doing business’, greasing palms, exchanging envelopes.. now.. for those who choose to ride the wild pony for free,, be aware, it kicks.


11 posted on 05/18/2013 7:09:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Several of the 22 transactions were made by one broker, Steele Stephens. Shoffner told the legislative panel in December that she and Stephens’ father, Steve Stephens of Newport, also her home town, have been friends for years. She previously told the committee that she did not know Steele Stephens was his son until after she and Steele Stephens met at the state Capitol to discuss state investment opportunities.

In response to questions during the committee meeting, Shoffner said she never received any personal financial benefits from Russellville-based St. Bernard or any of the other firms. She did say Steve Stephens has donated to her campaign and helped organize a campaign fundraising event on her behalf.


12 posted on 05/18/2013 7:09:37 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: DeaconBenjamin

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

13 posted on 05/18/2013 7:13:20 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

WHAT..IM SHOCKED..SHOCKED I TELL YA/sarc
A Democrat...committing fraud..you don’t say LOL
And she looks like your typical Communist thug too..perhaps a position in the IRS is in her future


14 posted on 05/18/2013 7:16:29 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: DeaconBenjamin

She looks like some sort of zombie in that mug shot.


15 posted on 05/18/2013 7:46:36 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Whether or not she is eligible to run the IRS has yet to be
determined. However, it is clear that she is well qualified
to serve in the newly created capacity of Congressional
Democratic Liason to the Internal Revenue Service (CDLIRS)


16 posted on 05/18/2013 7:47:03 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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She is known as a primadona. In fact, when she ran for reelection last time, her opponent aired “Queen Martha” commercials with a throne and everything. She had her own souvenir coins made with her face on one side and handed them out to visitors to her office.


17 posted on 05/18/2013 8:04:13 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks DeaconBenjamin.

[snip] In order to show a violation of the Hobbs Act under this provision, the Supreme Court recently held that “the Government need only show that a public official has obtained a payment to which he was not entitled, knowing that the payment was made in return for official acts.” [/snip]

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Posted on 05/18/2013 7:28:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3021204/posts


18 posted on 05/18/2013 8:15:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
...payment to which he was not entitled, knowing that the payment was made in return for official acts.

Hmmm...wondering if Bill paid Monica for "official acts"?

19 posted on 05/18/2013 8:41:57 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: DeaconBenjamin

What is it about these Crats that have them involved in so much corruption? They are the cesspool of government.


20 posted on 05/18/2013 9:07:44 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Is she one of them “feral hogs” I see on TV shows about Arkansas?

“Feral Hog” is my new nickname for crooked Democrat politicans. We’ve got a whole herd of them here in DC, called “Congress”.


21 posted on 05/19/2013 12:57:07 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: DeaconBenjamin

She’s term limited out next year, so her career is finished.


22 posted on 05/19/2013 8:55:00 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

More details are now available at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/martha-shoffner-arkansas_n_3307107.html


23 posted on 05/20/2013 12:05:42 PM PDT by TheCPA
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