IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: EARLE BANKS October 6, 2012 601.316.2856 FROM: EARLE BANKS CAMPAIGN
WALLER ADMITS CAMPAIGN FINANCING IMPROPRIETIES
During an Oct. 4 interview with a local Jackson TV station,, sitting
Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr., admits that he violated judicial campaign ethicsby gaining knowledge of his contributors–something prohibited by the Canonsof Judicial Conduct. When he made the admission, Waller was being asked bya WJTV reporter to address complaints that his campaign is being run bypolitical action committees (PACs). The questions came following therevelation that several PACs are listed on his campaign’s fundraisingmaterials. The statement also conflicts with prior public statements byWaller.“This controversy goes well beyond special interest groupscontributing to Justice Waller’s campaign and his misrepresentation of hisknowledge of that support,” Banks said. “Justice Waller’s literature makes itclear that special interest PACs are
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hiscampaign–- as Chairs and Co-Chairs of the campaign. This is unprecedentedin Mississippi judicial politics and it stinks to high Heaven.”At a press luncheon on Oct. 1, Waller told the crowd that he had “nopersonal knowledge” of political action committee (PAC) financial support of
his campaign, consistent with the applicable ethical rules. The Bankscampaign then produced a Sept. 18 fund raising invitation, paid for byWaller’s campaign, raising questions regarding the propriety of specialinterest control of Waller’s campaign and Waller’s knowledge of theirinvolvement.
In the televised interview, Waller now admits that he “glanced at” the
PAC list and that he “should not look at that.” Waller did not address why hemisrepresented his knowledge of the PAC involvement in the Oct. 1 pressluncheon.