The Questionable Ethics of Arkansas Governor Mark Darr

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Arkansas Governor Resigns over Ethics Issue

Arkansas Governor Mark Darr has finally announced he will resign over an ethics scandal that has been going on over the past four years. The state of Arkansas Ethics Commission had found Governor Darr was breaking several campaign finance rules since the year 2010. These actions went against the American Society for Public Administration code of Ethics. A few of the codes that the book mentions that Governor Darr went against was: Serving the Public Interest, Respecting the constitution and the law, and Demonstrating Personal Integrity. (Geuras & Garofalo 2011)

The first code in the American Society for Public Administration code of ethics is serving the public interest. To serve the public interests one must do exactly as it sounds, serve the public before serving oneself. Governor Darr was doing the opposite and according to one article, “Darr has admitted receiving state and campaign money for personal expenses, which isn't allowed by law.” (Arktimes.com 2014) The article mentions the audits on Governor Darr and it reported that Governor Darr had taken over $30,000 dollars from the campaign and $12,000 dollars from the state. Once he was auded he must repay the state $12,000 dollars and he was fined $11,000 dollars for his violation of the code of ethics. The ethical thing for him to do would have been to use this money given to him by the state and campaign towards things for the community and the people that he

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