Tuesday, June 23, 2015

McRae: Fitch spent over $80,000 on office.



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The campaign provided the following facts to support the ad.
A review of the state's transparency website shows how Treasurer Lynn Fitch has selfishly wasted Unclaimed Property funds on office luxuries while claiming she can’t publish and advertise the list of unclaimed property owners in order to be “fiscally responsible.”

Among the items she purchased:
$610 for a “frosted” office door
$1,015 for portrait photography.  $520 of this amount was for "retouching images" of Lynn Fitch.
$310 for member dues to the MS Bar Association dues (being an attorney is not a requirement to serve as Treasurer).
$79,375 for new furniture, including sofa tables, buffet credenzas, club chairs, end tables, and 6ft bookcases.

The bulk of this was spent during her first year in office in 2012.  Fitch did the same thing upon becoming director of the State Personnel Board in 2009 and 2010, when she spent at least $23,000 taxpayer dollars on these items in her office:

kidney desk 2/22/10 $1899
credenza 2/22/10 $1599
hutch 2/22/10 $1699
lateral file cabinet 2/22/10 $775
lateral file 2/22/10 $599
framed art 8/28/09 $898
conference chairs 7/29/09 $3432
headrest task chair 3/30/09 $852
black curio storage 7/7/09 $439
paint for executive suite 2/1/10 $1000
tile 2/18/10 $125
bath hardware 2/15/10 $444
carpet 2/3/10 $1413
renovation work 4/30/10 $5020
renovation work 4/30/10 $7250

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Polling must not look good for McRae.

Anonymous said...

I knew this race would go this direction eventually... I wasn't expecting his first ad to be negative. I thought it might be just a "Hey I'm David McRae, I am running for Treasurer." Down the line I expected this.

Are the credentials for this guy really that bad that he cant even talk about what he's done?

Anonymous said...

Look no further for proof that McRae is getting zero traction statewide than the efforts of McRae bootlicker Alan Lange to make it sound like this mediocre attack ad is some sort of gamechanger.

Anonymous said...

@10:03......YES! If you have to put that you're an Eagle Scout as part of your accomplishments, I would say that your credentials are lacking.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Looks like Fitch took a break from interior decorating this morning to spend some time with us on JJ. Welcome, Ms. Treasurer!

Anonymous said...

I will not vote for a man that does not know how to pronounce his last name.

Anonymous said...

I have a very good friend that works for our State government and has great things to say about Lynn Fitch. Treasurer Fitch is a hard working lady that brings a level of class to our State leaders. McRae's campaign credentials have not been very convincing of what he can do or has done other than born into the family name.

Anonymous said...

That's funny, @11:37 I have had many friends that have worked for Ms. Fitch, and none of them have spoken well of her or the environment at the Treasurers Office.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a damn?

Anonymous said...

Well, if Fitch's office is big enough to hold 1:25's "MANY friends", then it must be a really big office. In that case, spending eighty thou on redecoration would hardly seem out of line.

Anonymous said...

Lynn Fitch spent a lot of money decorating her office at the Personnel Board prior to her election as Treasurer. Now she has done the same thing in the Treasurer's office. There is nothing conservative about Fitch.

Anonymous said...

Will McRae pledge, if elected, to have the furniture removed and request that surplus furniture excessed by other state departments be moved into the office for the duration of his term? Surely such a stout fiscal conservative could make such a pledge.

Anonymous said...

The place must have been a real dump before. She reportedly did the same thing before? And yet she still got elected to a contested statewide office. What does that tell anyone about what voters think about politicians spending money (even too much money) to spruce up their office?

I guess the news that she tears the tags off of furniture will be the next revelation.

Anonymous said...

When Lynn Fitch took over the State Pers. Bd, that agency was being moved into the Deposit Guaranty Bldg. There are always furniture needs when an agency makes a move like this.....I know - I am in the business. Also - I would like the McRae campaign to produce the documentation of the $ 80k of furniture that they claim was purchased for her office. Do they mean her personal office she sits in or the "Office of the Treasurer" in general - meaning the entire agency? The items listed on ad above are items purchased back in 2009 and 2010 - which would have been during the St. Personnel Bd move. McRae campaign needs to make their claim a little clearer......so the voters can have all the information and make up their own minds. Also- just a side note - doesn't the State Treasurer handle MILLIONS of dollars thru the state funds? And this is all the McRae campaign can dig up? Frosted glass? A desk chair? I deal with most State Agencies throughout the state of Mississippi and I can say that the State Treasurer office does not go overboard on spending for furniture!

Anonymous said...

Fitch left the state on at least 3 different furniture hunting trips at Personnel. She took several friendgirls with her. They didn't like the look of the furniture after the first haul was delivered, so they went at it again. After the second haul, they still didn't like the look so off they went again. Some women like shoes, well, Fitch gets off on furniture. A Fitch fetish, eh?

Anonymous said...

At least Lynn Fitch had the balls and not endorse Thad Cochran last year! All the other state-wide office holders endorsed Cochran! Lynn even went to her home county of Marshall with Chris McDaniel when he spoke to the Republican Party up there! So what if she spent $80,000 on furniture for the Treasurer's Office. But I will say this, she didn't need to spend a $1,000 to have photos taken of her and a staff person and then retouched by Gill Ford photography. Just get a camera from your office and take it! You can take hundreds of them and pick the best one! By the way, I got on DFA's Transparency's website and found the Gill Ford invoice - amazing what you can find when you look! Here's the link: http://www.transparency.mississippi.gov/

I'm going to keep on digging - no telling what else is OUT there! Maybe Chris & Melanie will endorse her!

Anonymous said...

Weak spot, weak candidate.

Anonymous said...

I looked it up. $80,000 was not spent on her office, $80,000 was spent on entire agency. Get your facts correct Mr. Owner of $40,000 Poodles,

Anonymous said...

Get your facts correct Mr. Owner of $40,000 Poodles,

I'd like to see a $40,000 poodle.......that's one fine pooch.

Anonymous said...

Let's split the baby and tell the truth. McRae seems like a poor little rich kid to me, it's noble I presume he's running for office. People have joked that he doesn't have a job. Trust me, If I had his money, I'd manage it as well or whatever people like that do. The problem is, ain't much there. But, and it's a big but, Fitch is an absolute joke and everyone knows it including Lynn or whoever is left on staff that posted that pathetic attempt at something up this thread. Everybody knows the word on her and while she'll probably pull this primary out, she's finished. She had her shot in 11 and 12, blew it bad and can't even get a decent job once she leaves office.

Anonymous said...

Daddy won't but it for her this time. She still owes Trustmark $340,000 and Daddy is on the hook. Not to mention that she got her step-sister fired from her job! Both Daddy and Stepmom are pissed. Her own sister didn't vote for her four years ago and she won't this time even. Even her family knows that she is bad news!

Anonymous said...

be nice if they would have a debate so the voters can see what they're all about...otherwise it's just a bunch of he said - she said in their campaign ads.

Anonymous said...

@5:15 Who's the poor little rich kid? Do you know how much Fitch's old man is worth? And the Fitch family fortune comes from poor people paying unbearable interest on short term loans. Rates that should be illegal. And Lynn worked for them as an attorney defending all that. She'll be stinkin rich when she inherits. But until then she better hope daddy comes thru

Anonymous said...

Lynn was the trustee on a number of home mortgages her father gave as 2nd and 3rd part interest. The interest rate was over 30% and Lynn foreclosed on many people. If Lynn Fitch is so high on financial literacy, then why doesn't Lynn Fitch include predatory lending in the program. What else is Lynn Fitch hiding behind her $600 frosted door? She drove poor Sherri Hilton away from the Treasury, along with a lot of good people! Fitch and her minions need to go now - before she ruins whats left of the Treasury!

Anonymous said...

I don't know much about McRae, but I do know enough about Fitch that anyone that is not tripping old ladies and kicking dogs has my vote. Her own people all walked away, does that say anything? High maintenance and egocentric is just the tip of the iceburg.

If you have a state college plan (and what a fine mess she made there), here's the URL you have to go to for access: www.treasurerlynnfitch.com/collegesavingsmississippi Who does that? That, and the glamour shot at top, annoyed me enough that I did my own research. I suggest all voters do the same.

Anonymous said...

You're bitchin' about a URL? LMAO Fitch saved MPACT. Period.

Anonymous said...

Try asking some of her executive team how often they see her. How can an agency that small need two deputy directors unless somebody ain't showing up for work?

Anonymous said...

When Marshall Bennett and Tate Reeves were Treasurer, there was only one Deputy Treasurer. And The salary was around $84,000 per year. Now the two Deputy Treasurers make over $89,500.00. Lynn Fitch has been wasting the tax payers money long enough - she needs to go! All salaries are coming out of the Unclaimed Property Fund - money that belongs to the people, not Lynn Fitch! What if Lynn Fitch hiding behind that frosted door?

Anonymous said...

Fitch has ruined the Treasurer's Office in just under 4 years! She never should have shut MPACT down. What she should have done was to leave it open and let the money keep flowing thru the office. Then a complete audit could have been done without scaring a lot of people. The MPACT enrollment period ended on May 31st of this year and we have yet to learn how many contracts were sold. You also have to go back and look at the number of cancellations of MPACT contracts. I know of two individuals that cashed there contracts out when Lynn started on on witch hunt. The voters to to hold Fitch accountable for what she has done. Does anyone know how much the Treasury budget has gron over the last three years.

Anonymous said...


What about one of the Deputy Treasurer's hiring there daughter to work in a division that they oversaw. Sounds like nepotism to me. If I remember correctly, there is a sate law that prohibits it and even in the Appropriation bills for every state agency requires that the head of such agency to pay a penalty for breaking the law and repay the money! Lynn - pony up and explain what divisions your Deputy Treasurer's supervise!

HEY IDIOT said...

You know NOTHING about MPACT but keep on shootin' those blanks.

Anonymous said...

The last few rants all seem to come from the same person. If not, God help us if that many voters can't spell.

Anonymous said...

Fitch is going to be re-elected easily. McRae is wasting family inheritance on ads that come off looking like sour grapes. So what if she's blowing through money on furniture and bloated staff. She finds money just sitting there and puts it to use. Nobody's around to stop her. If you question it, she sends you packing. The average voter is not affected and doesn't care. They see that pretty little smile, and how can they not just love her? Not an advocate, just an observer.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for David. He doesn't realize he is just being used as a pawn. I have met him several times and honestly find it hard to believe he is coming out of his shell as much as he is. After seeing his facebook page and this ad I feel that the people around his campaign (former Fitch lackeys) are using him and his money to take jabs at Lynn at his expense.

The Unclaimed Property jabs are coming from Hayes Dent. But who can question him, he is the lobbyist for the papers and they were hurt by her not publishing the first time.

I don't know everyone who "left" Lynn's camp personally. I do find it funny that most claim they "left" and not that they were either fired or asked to leave. I know 3 that come to mind that were relieved of their duties.

Anonymous said...

10:15 Nepotism? can you prove it - if so the State Auditor should issue a demand for repayment for for the monies paid. This is a very serious charge, and if true, charges need to brought against the Treasurer. After all, if this did happen, it happened on her watch.

Anonymous said...

Three weeks before election and no ads from Fitch. Either really cocky or really broke. Better yet saving up for more furniture for the second term.

Anonymous said...


McRae's qualifications:
Eagle Scout
35 years old
SMU theater major, washed out of Hollywood
Average law school student
Failed bar twice
Never had a real job
Knows the value of Poodles - $20,000



Anonymous said...

I have admittedly been lax on following this campaign, but I kept noticing that David McRae was not shy about using the McRae's logo for his campaign. I was in Beagle Bagel Highland Village this weekend and picked up a campaign flyer for McRae. I couldn't find one solid bit of experience that qualifies him for the job. He touted the following.

- 4th gen Mississippian whose great grandfather founded McRae's
- Attended MC Law where he was head of the Honor Court
- Managed the McRae family investments
- Built a few Habitat houses and donated money to them
- On the board for the American Heart Association

I hadn't heard about him being a theater major or buying poodles. Don't know about that. What I do know is that he couldn't point to any legitimate or significant experience in his official campaign material. It read to me like a wealthy kid who wants to trade on his family name to get his first real job.

Maybe he's better than my assessment, but he sure isn't making a strong case for the job. I'd like to see what qualifies him to run the Treasury of Mississippi. Great-grandpa founded a department store doesn't cut it.

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