Report: Davis’ campaign donations used on debts, stress clinic - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Report: Davis’ campaign donations used on debts, stress clinic

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is under fire for spending campaign money on personal bills, but did he break the law? Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is under fire for spending campaign money on personal bills, but did he break the law?

(WMC-TV) – Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is under fire for spending campaign money on personal bills, but did he break the law?

As details continue to surface regarding Davis' finances, Alderman Ronnie Hale is reacting.

"Oh I'm not surprised that it's in the news," he said. "It's just something else that has surfaced."

According to the Commercial Appeal, Davis used campaign money for a $30,000 car, treatment at an Arizona stress clinic and $75,000 in personal credit card payments.

The spending showed up in campaign finance reports.

"I'm sure he'll have some justification as to why he used it," Hale said. "I don't know the details around his expenses. The money is there. You would think that you'd try to keep it, at least I try to keep mine campaign related. That's what it was raised for. That's what it's to be used for in my opinion."

Hale said there's nothing in Mississippi law that prohibits personal use of campaign money.

"There's no law that I'm aware of in the State of Mississippi," he said. "Campaign funds are considered personal money and can be used as such, don't know what record keeping is required or anything like that."

Davis' attorney Steve Farese said neither he nor his client would discuss the matter until the FBI completed its investigation into Davis' spending of city money.

"I'm not sure how this would affect the investigation," said Hale. "It's not illegal what he's doing with this money, so I don't know how that would affect the investigation at all."

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly