Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Petition asks Leslie Rutledge to stop blocking campaign finance and ethics reform

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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It's only a grassroots-building tool, but they can be useful. So go to change.org and sign the petition in support of campaign finance and ethics reform in Arkansas.

A group is aching to get an amendment on the ballot, but Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has stood in the way of approving the form of the measure, so much so that attorney David Couch sued her last week. Rutledge was elected with the help from hundreds of thousands in dark money contributions from unknown sources. The amendment would require disclosure of such spending.

A committee working on the amendment should file papers of organization with the Ethics Commission this week. Donna Massey, who put the petition on-line at change. org, is member of the Pulaski County Quorum Court and president of Arkansas Community Organizations.

The petition asks Rutledge to do her job.

This fall, Arkansas voters deserve a say in whether we will rein in the influence of big money in our state elections. We demand that you stop blocking a proposed November ballot initiative to give voters the chance to increase transparency and accountability in Arkansas elections.

You have repeatedly rejected the measure due to minor quibbles and often without offering any constructive feedback at all, and it is time for this obstruction to stop!

It should not take being sued by voters of our state for you to do your job. It is time for you to approve an ethics initiative for Arkansans to have a voice in reforming our state’s ethics laws.

The proposed ballot measure would reduce the influence of big donors in our elections and would ensure that voters know who’s trying to influence their vote. It’s a commonsense fix to a problem that most Arkansas voters agree on: big money has too much influence in our politics.

We ask simply that you fulfill your constitutional duties and approve the ethics ballot measure now that your feedback has been addressed. As voters and as Arkansans, we demand that you adhere to the law and treat this initiative as you would any other so that the voters can have their say.

Voters of Arkansas

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