JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering released a statement Friday morning, following reports of an FBI investigation into his campaign funds.
According to an article from the Clarion Ledger, Pickering is being investigated for lavish purchases with campaign money such as cars, a garage door, and thousands of dollars worth of reimbursement fees for itemized travel.
Pickering said the allegations were a "series of vicious and untrue attacks" leveled upon him by his opponent, Mary Hawkins- Butler.
"She entered this race with the strategy of attacking the Madison County Board of Supervisors and other Madison County vendors, and now has sadly turned her attacks toward my family and me. She knows her campaign is in dire trouble, and with 11 days until Election Day she is using the oldest trick in the book by trying to smear my credibility. I am embarrassed a so-called Republican would stoop to this level of personal destruction," Pickering said in his statement.
Pickering also cited his 12 years of public service working with the FBI and law enforcement on a daily basis, and works to prosecute those who misuse public funds.
"My record speaks for itself," Pickering said.
Pickering also outlined many points addressed in the Clarion Ledger's article.
Pickering said he will continue to campaign throughout the state leading to the primary election, and looks forward to talking with voters and media about his plans for the next four years.