Sec. of State Mark Martin reclassifying $60K in redistricting expense

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin is shifting most of the money he spent from the state's redistricting budget so that the money comes from his own office's funds.

    Martin spokesman Alice Stewart said Monday that about $60,000 of the $70,000 Martin spent toward redistricting won't be drawn from the $200,000 that Martin, the governor and attorney general have for redrawing the state's legislative districts.

    Gov. Mike Beebe started last week's Board of Apportionment meeting by announcing that Martin acted on incorrect information by spending from the budget without a vote of the three-person board. Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel didn't accuse Martin of impropriety, but Beebe said some of the money would have to be reclassified.

    Martin said his spending was in line with past practice.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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