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Part 2: Arkansas State Rep. Admits to Taking Bribes

Monday, January 9, 2017 13:35
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* Corruption at the Arkansas Capitol *

Part 2: Arkansas State Rep. Admits to Taking Bribes
 

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Secure Arkansas’ last article focused on bribery and kickbacks regarding ex-State Representative Micah Neal, but PRIOR TO THAT, a bribe scandal occurred in the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District when Michael Norton was the executive director! Could this warrant further investigation?
 

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Michael Norton, Previous Executive Director,
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This is not the first incidence in which the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) has had problems. The Baxter Bulletin ran an article back in August 23, 2015 entitled “NWAEDD: An agency that was out of control” which mentions a state audit report showing a mishandling of funds, tampering with documents, and accounting errors. One cannot help but wonder: who is directing this Non-Governmental Organization? Joe Willis is the NWAEDD’s new executive director, but the previous NWAEDD executive director, Michael Norton, was terminated (forced to resign) in September of 2014. Also, Fiscal Director Debbie Davidson subsequently left her position. Michael Norton is now Chair of the Harrison Planning Commission. He is listed as J. Michael Norton and was appointed Chair for the term from February 20, 2015 to February 20, 2020.

Norton is also listed as Secretary/Treasurer of Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc. (AARCD) which serves Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Washington Counties. There are a total of 7 Resource Conservation and Development areas that covers the state of Arkansas. Click here for the map. The AARCD was only mentioned here because it is tied into Michael Norton. Further investigation needs to be done on this man… Why – after he was terminated (forced to resign) from the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District – was he recycled and hired as CHAIR of the Harrison Planning Commission, and why is he holding a position with Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils?
 

The organization from which Norton was terminated, the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Don’t forget: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are composed of UNelected officials who operate as if they ARE in government!
 

In order to understand how this chain of corruption could have occurred, you need to be able to understand the makeup of the Arkansas Planning and Development District, the other organizations affiliated with them, and policy. There are several layers which isolate these organizations from oversight. Also, there are very little, if any, checks in place to prevent misuse of government funds if someone is dishonest and wants to take advantage of the system. “The fox is in the hen house!” …and it seems to us that there are multiple foxes!
 

In this article, Secure Arkansas will first attempt to show two things:

  1. the organizational layout of the Non-Governmental (NGO) Arkansas Planning and Development District (Remember that our legislators are appropriating funds (our tax money) to Non-Governmental Organizations!) And

  2. from where the funds originated
     

We also want to remind the reader that the board members of the Planning Districts will cry, “We are all innocent! We are just a victim of the wrongdoers that mishandled the funds! The only thing we are guilty of is rubber stamping the requests that come across our desks.” The same underhanded activities regarding NGOs seem to be going on in our state government. Let’s take a look…
 

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently made this statement below about Micah Neal’s guilty plea that seems a bit confusing because the governor has received several million dollars for his own discretionary funds (pet projects) from GIF (General Improvement Fund) that are non-essential. GIF — and the recipients of it — are not transparent:
 

“The news about Micah Neal saddens me a great deal. It is absolutely unacceptable for public servants to engage in this conduct as it weakens public trust of our system of democracy. It is very troubling, and I hope that all legislators and public servants are not judged by the situation. However, this brings to light additional concerns about GIF funding. Although the original intent of GIF was to fund different needs across the state, this funding method is susceptible to abuse, as is the case in this most recent situation. That is one of the reasons why I presented a balanced budget that does not contain GIF funding.”

Have you, the taxpayer, ever actually heard of the General Improvement Fund (GIF)? Really, most people have never heard of it, but recipients that have been the beneficiaries of the funds know how generous a lawmaker can be with our state money!
 

GIF is money left over from the previous fiscal year, including the interest incurred. Both state or federal funds can add up to millions of dollars available for lawmakers to distribute in their districts. This is taxpayer money — YOUR hard earned money — that we are talking about here.
 

The Department of Finance made the following statement on the General Improvement Fund (GIF):

The General Improvement Fund is traditionally used to finance a variety of projects that are not continuing costs to the state. These are usually in the form of construction projects, grants and start-up costs. Since the state cannot borrow without a vote of the people, the General Improvement Fund is the only continuing source that we have to improve our non-revenue producing infrastructure. The fund contains any money that the state has not committed for other purposes such as fund balances, interest income and any “surplus” general revenue collections. It cannot, due to the State Constitution, contain any “special” or “earmarked” funds.
 

Rest assured, Arkansans, that the governor knows all too well how this system works, the strategy (governor’s strategy report is shown below), and how involved this game is played, ifhe is to remain in power! This is the same governor who turns his back on residents who cry out for help on many important issues because he is afraid to make a move. He is not governing on his own. He must follow the established rules laid out by sustainable development policies, or else!
 

Question: So, who is really running our state government, and who controls our state and national tax dollars? Can you handle the truth? There’s more to this than just stating, “Follow the money”. That’s a good start, though.
 

This article should show you more about the dangers of Sustainable Development (we’ve written several articles about this topic before) and how this sinister system is working in our state, AND it should expose the horrific abuses constantly conducted against Americans… Yes, this shadow government goes even further up the chain — locally implementing their agenda, the New International Economic Order! (previously called the New World Order or NWO) The blogs and news media never tie together government, Non-Governmental Organizations, and corporations in a symbiotic relationship of governance that directly works against the people, against our liberties, and against the sovereignty of nations… and especially against private property ownership.
 

Sustainable Development, Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, Smart Growth, Technocracy goals are nothing more than a recipe for Global Socialism. We have been betrayed higher up the chain with corporatism, NGOs, and U.N. policies.
 

Attention, legislators! Wake up! You simply cannot remain ignorant of the devices used to implement this inconsistent, unconstitutional-type strategy! You need to stop the “status quo” of appropriating funds to these non-governmental organizations run by unelected officials! (Most bills passed at the legislature in every session are not bills that benefit the people but are bills that further the noose around our necks and sabotage our liberties! Also, most of the bills are NOT written by you, our elected state lawmakers! Everything in this sinister system is rubber stamped… Shouldn’t you read the entire bill before you carry, sponsor, or vote on it? The devil is in the details. Shouldn’t you pause and think about it? Read more than the summary sheet some NGO has handed you. Who are you, as an elected official, really serving? Question EVERYTHING. How did you get into the position in which you find yourself? Could you have been recruited to slowly and incrementally destroy our freedoms and annihilate our Constitution? Where is your loyalty, anyway? You cannot serve two masters, as you know.
 

Here is a PARTIAL list of some untrustworthy Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), consisting of unelected officials, running our State Government: (There are many more, and this does not make for good constitutional government)

We are funding our own destruction, readers! Shouldn’t there be an outcry when you see all this taxpayer money misappropriated?
 

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is organized into six regions. Arkansas comes under the Southwestern Region along with Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Rodney Larsen, Executive Director of the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, is on the Board of the Southwestern Region of NADO. Click here for the organization chart of NADO. NADO planning and development goals are to implement sustainable communities and economies. This is United Nations Agenda 21/ Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030/ Smart Growth, Technocracy, New World Order and etc.  Agenda 21 focused primarily on the environment, and Agenda 2030 is a template for governing the entire planet.
 

The U.N. Biodiversity Assessment Report states the the following are NOT SUSTAINABLE: ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paved and tarred roads, dams and reservoirs, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment. (Yes, we see the pillaging of our planet, but we also see there should be a balance! We should be able to have and hold our properties, our homes, our children, livestock, pets, gardens, and roads and not be limited or blocked from accessing certain areas the government holds.)
 

This link shows the Arkansas Statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for 2014-2020 and is a PDF document that reflects the governor’s five economic priorities for Arkansas. The economic strategies are driven by sustainable practices and economic development strategies. Using these United Nations economic priorities, the governor of Arkansas is taking this state into further control by this shadow government. Who actually put this strategy report together? NGOs. Keep reading.
 

The Arkansas Association of Development Organizations (AADO) and the Institute for Economic Advancement (IEA) applied for and received a grant from the Southwest Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This grant was for the development of the Arkansas statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The Arkansas Municipal League (AML) and the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) are major partners in the development of the CEDS. Arkansas Economic Developers (AED) and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) are also assisting in the development of this CEDS.
 

For 2015, the money appropriated for the Arkansas Economic Development District was $317,600,000. This was split eight ways, so that means that each of the eight districts received $39,700,000 each. (Note: there doesn’t appear to be any good accounting methods in place to prevent bribes and kickbacks from taking place. Even though we are focusing on the Arkansas Economic Development District, the same problem seems to be going on in the other government agencies.
 

If the reader is not familiar with the history of how the Arkansas Planning and Development Districts came into being, then you need to click this next hot link:
 

Arkansas Planning and Development Districts

aka: Arkansas Economic Development Districts
 

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Arkansas is divided into eight Planning and Development Districts. 

Each planning district covers six to twelve Arkansas counties which are bound together by common economic problems and opportunities. In addition to assessing the potential for economic development for the area, the district is the means by which the counties interact with economic development offices of the state and federal governments.
 

  1. Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $2,731,342 EIN 71-0399224

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $9,570,058 EIN 71-0399224

  1. Western Arkansas Planning and Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $2,172,829 EIN 71-0396361

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $3,698,717 EIN 71-0396361

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $1,537,820 EIN 71-0396361

  1. West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $1,715,536 EIN 71-0398872

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $3,628,360 EIN 71-0398872

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $1,642,007 EIN 71-0398872

  1. Southeast Arkansas Planning and Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $6,320,727 EIN 71-0397601

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $5,188,742 EIN 71-0397601

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $2,843,637 EIN 71-0397601

  1. White River Planning and Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $12,696,187 EIN 71-0398870

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $10,232,636 EIN 71-0398870

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $9,076,607 EIN 71-0398870

  1. Central Arkansas Planning and Development District 

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $5,896,990 EIN 71-0410563

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $9,825,990 EIN 71-0410563

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013  Total Assets $2,634,672 EIN 71-0410563

  1. Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $2,881,019 EIN 71-0519750

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $3,578,192 EIN 71-0519750

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $3,390,771 EIN 71-0519750

  1. East Arkansas Planning and Development District

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2015 Total Assets $5,440,917 EIN 71-040173

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2014 Total Assets $6,712,172 EIN 71-040173

IRS 990 Tax Filing for 2013 Total Assets $3,550,590 EIN 71-040173
 

Danger! Appropriation: no accountability of the funds going to NGO’s

Funds to the Arkansas Planning and Development District come from two sources: 

  1. by federal funding

  2. by appropriations from the Arkansas Legislators

Federal Funds

Click here for information about the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) . And here is a map of the Local Development Districts in DRA.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is a Board Member of DRA.

Arkansas Designee Ms. Amy Fecher is Executive Vice President of Operations of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. One of their mission statements is to achieve sustainable, long term economic growth, and this is a U.N. agenda being implemented by a non-governmental organization.
 

Arkansas Legislature Funds

The Arkansas legislature approves the money that’s appropriated for Planning and Development Grants.
 

We have listed below all the Acts passed by the legislators during the 89th (2013) and the 90th (2015) General Assemblies in which funds were appropriated payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF) for the Arkansas Economic Development Districts. For 2013, the money appropriated for the Arkansas Economic Development District was $352,800,000. This was split eight ways, so that means that each of the eight districts received $44,100,000 each. That’s 44 MILLION dollars. The 91st session will begin January 9, 2017.
 

91st General Assembly 2017
 

Let’s all be on watch because the 91st General Assembly (the legislative session) convenes at noon TODAY – Monday, January 9, 2017.
 

No appropriation bills have been filled as the date of this publication for the Department of Finance and Administration – disbursing Officer for Planning and Development Grants.
 

For your reference, here is a list of the GIF appropriation bills filed during the past two legislative sessions: (we will have to wait a see what happens during the 2017 legislative session)
 

90th General Assembly 2015
 

Act 246 /SB330 Sponsor Senator Teague passed 2/27/2015 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 253 / SB 351 Sponsor Senator Maloch passed 2/27/2015 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 426 / SB 344 Sponsor J. Cooper passed 2/27/2015 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $750,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $6,000,000.

Act 435 / SB 377 Sponsor B. Pierce passed 3/16/2015 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 444 / SB410 Sponsor Senator J. Woods passed 3/16/2015 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 469 / SB 445 Sponsor Senator Caldwell passed 3/16/2015 Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 470 / SB 446 Sponsor Senator Hickey passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 471 / SB 449 Sponsor Senator Bledsoe passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 473 / SB460  Sponsor Senator J. Hendren passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 474 / SB 463 Sponsor Senator U. Lindsey passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 476 / SB 477 Sponsor Senator B. Sample passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $500,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $2,000,000

Act 481 / SB 493 Sponsor Senator Teague passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 482 / SB 513 Sponsor Senator B. King passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 486 / SB 519 Sponsor Senator G. Stubblefield passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 496 / SB 544 Sponsor Senator K. Ingram passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 503 / SB 567 Sponsor Senator Irvin passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 514 / SB 603 Sponsor Senator Elliott passed 3/16/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 551 / SB 363 Sponsor Senator J. English passed 3/18/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 612 / SB 357 Sponsor Senator Rapert passed 3/24/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 613 / SB 364 Sponsor Senator J. Hutchinson passed 3/24/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 619 / SB 482 Sponsor Senator E. Williams passed 3/24/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 622 / SB 496 Sponsor Senator L. Chesterfield passed 3/24/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 641 / SB 579 Sponsor Senator S. Flowers passed 3/26/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $500,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $2,000,000

Act 647 / SB 590 Sponsor Senator A. Clark passed 3/24/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 654 / SB 652 Sponsor Senator J. Hutchinson passed 3/24/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 745 / SB 385 Sponsor Senator Cheatham passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 250,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $2,000,000

Act 748 / SB 406 Sponsor Senator Flippo passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 760 . SB 454  Sponsor Senator Rice passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 761 / SB 458 Sponsor Senator Hester passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 763 / SB 474 Sponsor Senator B. Johnson passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 765 / SB 480 Sponsor Senator J. Dismang passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 766 / SB 489 Sponsor Senator Collins-Smith passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 786 / SB 619 Sponsor Senator D. Sanders passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 774 / SB 575 Sponsor Senator K. Ingram passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $250,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $2,000,000.

Act 800 / SB 685 Sponsor Senator Files passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $950,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $7,600,000.

Act 818 / HB 1459 Sponsor Representative Jean passed 3/29/2015 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $8,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $64,000,000
 

Total appropriations for the eight Arkansas Economic Development District by the 90th General Assembly (2015) was $317,600,000. 

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89th General Assembly 2013

Act 362 / SB 368 Sponsor Senator B. Pierce passed 3/14/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 394 / SB 483 Sponsor Senator S. Flowers passed 3/14/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $500,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $2,000,000.

Act 616 / SB 476 Sponsor Senator J. English passed 3/14/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $300,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $2,400,000.

Act 639 / SB 560 Sponsor Senator A. Clark passed 4/04/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 642 / SB 567 Sponsor Senator J. Hendren passed 4/04/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 643 /SB 568 Sponsor Senator Hester passed 4/04/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 692 / SB 733 Sponsor Senator Elliott passed 4/04/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000

Act 742 / HB 1608 passed 4/04/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 15,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $120,000,000

Act 374 / SB 409 Sponsor Senator Hickey passed 3/14/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,500,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $10,000,000

Act 793 / SB 352 Sponsor Senator J. Woods passed 4/5/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $2,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $16,000,000.

Act 803 / SB 450 Sponsor Senator E. Cheatham passed 4/5/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 810 / SB 467 Sponsor Senator E. Williams passed 4/5/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 819 / SB 510 Sponsor Senator U. Lindsey passed 4/5/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 833 / SB 559 Sponsor Senator G. Stubblefield passed 4/5/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 837 / SB 564 Sponsor Senator J. Dismang passed 4/5/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 838 / SB 569 Sponsor Senator Rapert passed 4/5/2013 – Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded $1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 847 / SB 582 Sponsor Senator D. Sanders passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 849 / SB 591 Sponsor Senator Bookout passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 856 /SB 601 Sponsor Senator B. King passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 2,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $16,000,000.

Act 882 / SB 646 Sponsor Senator K. Ingram passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 900 / SB 709 Sponsor Senator J. Hutchinson passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 5,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $40,000,000.

Act 909 / SB 739 Sponsor Senator D. Wyatt passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 911 / SB 743 Sponsor Senator Files passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 914 / SB 746 Sponsor Senator M. Lamoureux passed 4/05/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.

Act 1234 / SB 499 Sponsor Senator Caldwell passed 4/16/2013 -Payable to the General Improvement Fund (GIF). Awarded 1,000,000 each to the eight Arkansas Economic Development Districts for a total of $8,000,000.
 

Total appropriations for the eight Arkansas Economic Development District by the 89th General Assembly (2013) was $352,800,000. 

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Now you have a small glimpse of how this fiasco system was set up in the first place. It is very flawed and easily abused! Hopefully, now you are equipped to watch for these problematic areas.
 

Speaking of legislators, our previous article addressed the bribery scandal surrounding Arkansas State Representative Micah Neal who has yet to be sentenced. His bond was set at $10,000 and he faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.The case was investigated by the FBI and the IRS and is headed to court, according to the press release. But the chain of corruption and abuse runs deep! This goes way beyond Neal and Woods.
 

You’ll recall that Micah Neal served as District 89’s state representative from 2013 to 2016 and did not run for reelection to another term. Neal was preceded by Jon Woods. Could Senator Jon Woods have directed the representative how and where to shift state and federal funds, thus receiving kickbacks? After all, Senator Woods was thoroughly familiar with the legislative district, having served there for many years. Woods also knew how to get reelected and how to reward his chosen constituents to gain their political support over and over again! Ever wonder why incumbents are harder to throw out of office? Most of the time, incumbents can defeat other candidates hands down when challenged. And, with General Improvement Funds (GIF) available to each legislator (135), they can pick and choose who gets rewarded in their district. Yes, this state needs, demands, and begs for term limits!
 

When talking to your legislator, don’t believe it if he/she says, “Our state is broke!” The city, state, and federal government own it “ALL” by investment. You need to check the CAFR (Consolidated Annual Financial Report) of each government entity. Check here for Arkansas’ CAFR account ending June 30, 2015. This is a 236 page document prepared by the Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Accounting. The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee conducted the Arkansas CAFR 2015 audit. The members of this committee were Senator Jimmy Hickey Jr., Senate Chair and Representative Mary Broadway, House Chair, and it was signed off on December 31, 2015 by Roger A. Norman, Legislative Auditor. This audited CAFR report shows the total revenues at $16,893,127.00 (That is over 16 BILLION DOLLARS.)
 

The CAFR account is where the government hides their surplus money. Large amounts of dollars are being hidden from the public view by all government entities via the Consolidated Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The government is keeping two sets of books, and the secret set of books is the CAFR. This is the same method that the mobs used during the Al Capone days. What we have here is a “rubber stamp government” run by large corporations and NGOs!
 

Okay, back to Micah Neal and the senator who helped direct AND AUTHORIZED the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), a non-profit, to disperse $600,000 in General Improvement Funds (GIF) to two non-profits, the press release states
 

Neal said he received about $38,000 in bribes for his part personally authorizing $175,000 to go to the non-profits. One of those non-profits is Ecclesia College, and their President is Oren Paris.
 

The following is what is on file at the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office for registered agent Oren Paris. Only “Ecclesia, Inc” is still active.
 

Oren Paris denies any wrongdoing and also denies any kickbacks. Do you think this man is innocent, especially with this much money involved? He is simply taking the stand he is forced to take until proven guilty. He has 13 aliases listed below:
 

Name

City

State

Status

CEDAR OAK PROPERTIES, LLC

SPRINGDALE

AR

Dissolved

ECCLESIA, INC.

SPRINGDALE

AR

Good Standing

ROOF RECOVERY AND RECYCLE, LLC

SPRINGDALE

AR

Dissolved

Corporation Name

ECCLESIA, INC. EIN 71-0477536

Fictitious Names

AUVISA

BIBLES FOR THE NATIONS

BIBLES FOR THE NATIONS

CARRY THE LIGHT

ECCLESIA CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

ECCLESIA COLLEGE

ECCLESIA RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

ELM SPRINGS BIBLE SCHOOL

ELM SPRINGS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS NETWORK CENTER

LIVING ALTERNATIVES

STRATEGIC MISSIONS NETWORK

STRATEGIC MISSIONS NETWORK FOR STRATEGIC NATIONS

YOUTH WITH A MISSION

Filing #

100017246

Filing Type

Nonprofit Corporation

Filed under Act

Dom Nonprofit Corp; 176 of 1963

Status

Good Standing

Principal Address

9653 NATIONS DRIVE

SPRINGDALE, AR 72762

Reg. Agent

OREN PARIS 

Agent Address

13331 KELLY ROAD

SPRINGDALE, AR 72762

Date Filed

06/18/1976

Officers

SEE FILE, Incorporator/Organizer

OREN PARIS , President

JOE BARNES , Director

JOE SALCIDO , Director

DON WALLACE , Director

J WADKINS , General Manager

State of Origin

AR

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There are a lot of news articles currently being done on money laundering with General Improvement Fund (GIF). Secure Arkansas will provide the reader with another article (Part 3) later this week. All of these details can be very important for your understanding of just how far up the chain the corruption goes!
 

Secure Arkansas wants to sincerely thank all of those involved in this investigation exposing the corruption which is so widely spread across our state! Keep it up because it goes further than you think! Micah Neal and Senator Woods’ involvement is just the tip of the iceberg. Besides the Arkansas Economic Development Districts, we believe this could include many of the other NGOs involved in doing business with the state.
 

Remember, we’ve addressed NGOs in past articles. Hopefully you can see that these Non-Governmental Organizations are NOT looking out for OUR best interest but are lining their own pockets with OUR tax dollars and are implementing U.N.Agenda 21 policy LOCALLY. Here’s one of our past articles about the Association of Arkansas Counties which is an NGO. And here’s another one about a scandal surrounding former Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem & ALEC Board Member Michael Lamoureux receiving $120,000 as a consultant — a scandal that ties directly back to our governor. Lamoureux was Chief-of-Staff for Asa Hutchinson and also an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) board member, and ALEC is an NGO.
 

Let’s all be on watch because the 91st General Assembly (the legislative session) convenes at noon TODAY – Monday, January 9, 2017.
 

“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” 

― Gideon John Tucker

Stay tuned for Part Three!

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