Matt Campbell's ethics complaint filed yesterday against Arkansas state Treasurer Dennis Milligan runs to 113 pages of exhibits — mostly email correspondence between Milligan's staffers — that make the case for 14 separate allegations of impropriety against Milligan during and after his time running for state office.
Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.
When Sen. Jon Woods "clarified" the new ethics amendment, he included an exception to allow lobbyists to follow legislators to out-of-town conferences for special wining and dining out of sight of the folks back home. Find them Friday night at a San Diego steakhouse with the likes of the scandal-ridden Gilbert Baker.
State Treasurer Dennis Milligan filed a batch of amended campaign contribution and expenditure reports late last week for his general election run for the office. They appear aimed at cleaning up questions that have arisen about the accuracy of his original reports.
The really disturbing thing about Hillary and her donors isn't related to the Clinton Foundation — it's the simple fact that she's a candidate running for federal office. In a system dominated by Super PACs and "dark money" 501(c) organizations, influence-purchasing and de facto corruption are part of everyday life.
A bill by Rep. Jana Della Rosa (R-Rogers) to improve campaign finance reporting is headed to the House floor after passing out of committee Wednesday. Much like Rep. Clarke Tucker's bill to regulate electioneering communications, Della Rosa's HB 1233 started out as a stronger piece of legislation but was watered down in the face of opposition. It remains a good bill, but now contains a major loophole that could be exploited by candidates seeking to avoid transparency.
A House committee voted down a bill by Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock) that would have required the reporting of "electioneering communications" — such as the advertising featuring then-Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge in the last election — as a campaign contribution.
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has sent a letter of admonishment to Jeanette Robertson of Jonesboro, an unsuccessful candidate for circuit judge last year, for TV ads that showed her in a judicial robe and spoke of her judicial experience.
Lobbyists rounded up sponsors at $2,500 each to pay for dinners honoring legislative leaders last night and brunches for spouses today. Does laundering lobby money through a "special committee" make it legal under Amendment 94. We'll ask.
The independent citizens commission established to set pay for state officials will meet at 8:30 a.m. today at University of Arkansas System offices to finalize pay raises for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges.