Auditor: Investigation into Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase unlikely to end this year

BY: - November 8, 2023

The investigation into Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ controversial lectern purchase and effort to shield records related to her security detail likely won’t be finished this year, the lead auditor at Arkansas’ nonpartisan agency that investigates government spending said Wednesday. Sanders’ office drew widespread attention in September for the purchase of a $19,000 lectern and […]

Arkansas governor answers a couple of lectern questions

BY: - October 17, 2023

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that her office followed “standard protocol” in purchasing a lectern that prompted controversy and resulted in an ongoing legislative audit. She also offered a few examples of what made the lectern so expensive. The governor’s office paid more than $19,000 for the lectern in June, purchasing it from an […]

UPDATED: Panel OKs audit of Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase, some FOIA-exempt records

BY: - October 13, 2023

This story was updated at 10:33 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday and Friday approved a request for a nonpartisan investigation into Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ purchase of a $19,000 lectern, as well as expenditures by the governor’s office that were recently made private by a new law. State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, […]

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands at a lecturn that looks similar to one her office paid $19,000 for this summer.

Emails support whistleblower’s claim that Arkansas governor altered public records, attorney says

BY: - October 10, 2023

Newly revealed documents indicate that Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office violated state law by altering public records, which aligns with accusations an anonymous whistleblower made last month, according to the person’s lawyer. Sanders’ office has been under scrutiny for several weeks for its spending decisions, particularly for purchasing a $19,000 lectern in June from […]


Governor: We still have questions about that lectern

BY: - October 10, 2023

Well. Well. Well. What we’ve got heah is … failure to communicate. That line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke resonates this week as we consider the continuing saga of our guvnuh’s fancy lectern, what the Wall Street Journal described Monday as “an unusual political scandal.” Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders could have avoided the […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses the crowd after she was sworn in as the 47th Governor of Arkansas in January 2023. (Karen E. Segrave/Arkansas Advocate)

Questions remain in ongoing scrutiny of Arkansas governor’s purchase of $19K lectern

BY: - October 5, 2023

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her staff this week continued to defend her office’s purchase of a $19,000 lectern, which has been widely criticized on social media and is the subject of an upcoming legislative audit, but many questions have continued to go unanswered. Why was the lectern so expensive? Did members of the […]