Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Leslie Rutledge's early money taps poultry, utility, gas, oil sources

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 7:00 AM

So Attorney General Leslie Rutledge jumped early into a re-election race yesterday and filed a first campaign finance report for 2018 with almost $72,000 in the bank.

It's not exactly grassroots fund-raising. Gas, oil, utility and poultry money figure prominently.

Among the givers: She got $2,700 from the Walmart PAC; $2,000 from the AT&T PAC; $2,000 from the Entergy PAC; $1,000 from former Murphy Oil CEO Claiborne Deming; $1,500 from Murphy Oil heir Madison Murphy; $2,000 from Ray Dillon of Murphy-related Deltic Timber; $1,000 from Stuttgart farmer George Dunklin; $2,500 from each of two of lobbyist Bruce Hawkins' many PACs; $5,400 from Simmons Foods executives; $2,000 from a George's poultry exec; $2,000 from poultry lobbyist Marvin Childers; $2,700 from poultry baron John Tyson; $2,700 from the poultry PAC; $2,700 from the forestry PAC; $2,700 from lobbyist Brent Stephenson (clients include Deltic); $2,000 from the Stephens Energy PAC and $2,000 each from Stephens heiress Elizabeth Campbell and her husband Craig; $2,000 each from W.R. Stephens Jr. and Carol Stephens; $1,000 from a Stephens energy executive; $500 from Emon Mahony, another connection to the gas industry

Interesting too is $2,500 from the Arkansas First and Finest PAC, a PAC started at the end of last year by her father Keith Rutledge. Contributors to this PAC include: $1,000 from the Black Hills Corporation PAC of Fayetteville; $1,500 from Plain Green LLC of Montana; $1,000 each from David Johnson and Kirk Chewing of the Virgin Islands; $1,000 from Brian Fisher, a McKinsey consultant in Houston; $500 from Jon Bruning, the Nebraska attorney general; $1,000 from former Republican gubernatorial candidate Sheffield Nelson; a stack of PAC contributions, including from one of Bruce Hawkins' many PACs and $5,000 from Oaklawn interests.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Land Commissioner John Thurston, who's aiming for secretary of state, have also declared  candidacies but haven't raised money as vigorously. Griffin has $8,100 combined for primary and general election contests, with $5,400 of that courtesy of Witt Stephens Jr. Thurston has some carryover from his last race, but hasn't raised new money yet.



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