In Mississippi, retiring officials can pocket campaign cash

She’s hardly the only Mississippi official to cash out at the end of her career. An Associated Press review shows that of 99 elected officials who have left office in recent years, as many as 25 may have pocketed more than $1,000 when they closed their campaign accounts.

At least four others besides Tuck — who is now vice president of campus services at Mississippi State and didn’t respond to the AP’s requests for comment — took more than $50,000.

Mississippi is one of five states where withdrawals are legal so long as state and federal income taxes are paid, with no restrictions on how it’s spent. A proposal to end the practice has consistently failed to win support from lawmakers, dying again this year without even a committee vote.

Salon
3/20/16