BY :Geoff Pender
State Auditor Stacey Pickering said he purchased a recreational vehicle for his campaign in part so his family “could spend as much time together as we campaigned across the state” and it saved his campaign money on hotel rooms.
But his wife, as a columnist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, wrote that after the family purchased an RV, “We now consider Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & campground our second home,” raising further questions of whether the RV is mainly for campaign or personal use.
Multiple sources have confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger that federal investigators are looking into the Pickering campaign’s purchase of a car, a recreational vehicle and a garage door, and into reimbursements for more than $135,000 of dollars in non-itemized travel to himself and others during off-years for campaigns and whether he reported or paid taxes on personal spending from campaign funds.
On the Disney Moms panel, where his wife serves as an online tour guide answering questions from potential Disney World visitors, she wrote”
Until 10 years ago, my only experience was a few day trips to Epcot. My first trip to the Magic Kingdom – and with family – was as an adult when my employer held a convention on property. I took the opportunity to add a few days to my stay and brought my family along. We were hooked! Since then, I’ve been to Disney with grandparents, business associates, just my hubby, just my girlfriends, just the three older children (who knew you could cover so much ground without a stroller?!), JUST ME, over Spring Break, Easter weekend, at Halloween and for Christmas with a family reunion of 19 – most trips planned by me. You’d think I would have experienced it all … until we purchased an RV. We now consider Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground our “second home” and take just as many trips to enjoy all of the activities outside of the parks as those in the parks.