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Local State Senator Receives Letter of Caution From Arkansas Ethics Commission

By Mark Keith, 01/25/22 8:11 PM

A local state senator has been given a public letter of caution from the Arkansas Ethics Commission. Sen. Charles Beckham of McNeil signed a settlement offer that concurs with the finding by the Ethic Commission that he violated state law by accepting campaign contributions during the 2020 election cycle by accepting contribution for that election after the date in excess of funds necessary to retire his campaign debt. The campaign contributions were reported by Beckham in his final campaign finance report on the 2020 general election. At the time the funds were received, Beckham could accept funds to retire his campaign debt of $17,367 but the funds raised exceeded this amount. Beckham’s final campaign finance report showed carryover funds of $27,859.76. Beckham called his actions an “honest mistake” and that he wasn’t trying to deceive anyone.

Beckham currently serves district 12 which includes parts of Columbia, Ouachita, Nevada, Clark, and Grant county.