Mayor's campaign fund paid for counseling, car

By The Associated Press

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis used campaign money for a $30,000 car, treatment at an Arizona stress clinic and $75,000 in personal credit card payments.

The Commercial Appeal reports that the spending is legal in Mississippi and showed up in campaign finance reports.

Nothing in Mississippi law forbids personal use of campaign money.

State Rep. Henry Zuber III, a Republican from Ocean Springs, has been trying for years to close that loophole. He asks, “Why should elected officials have a gravy train?”

Davis says he won’t comment until the FBI completes its investigation. The bureau began a criminal investigation of the mayor’s spending after the state auditor told Davis in November to pay back about $170,000 for allegedly improper billings to the city.