GOP hoping for an ethics strike on Beebe | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

GOP hoping for an ethics strike on Beebe

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:40 PM

The State Republican Party said today it has sought an Ethics Commission advisory commission opinion on transfers of excess campaign by a political candidate wiith a general election opponent to the candidate's political party.

What's it about? I asked. The GOP hopes to make hay of a transfer Mike Beebe made to the state Democratic Party when he was stomping Asa! in 2006.

NEWS RELEASE

Today, the Republican Party of Arkansas requested an advisory opinion from the Arkansas Ethics Commission concerning excess campaign funds. The question asked was whether under Arkansas campaign finance laws, is it legal for an opposed candidate in the general election to declare excess campaign funds and make a transfer to the candidate’s political party prior to the general election date?

A declaration of excess campaign funds prior to the election creates the opportunity for candidates to make transfers that would avoid normal restrictions. For instance, a candidate is prohibited from making campaign contributions to another candidate’s campaign as it is considered “personal use of funds.” A transfer of campaign funds to the state party prior to the election allows the state party to use the funds to support other candidates on the ballot.

After receiving the release, I asked party spokesman Katherine Vasilos what was at issue. Her response:

It appears there is an ambiguity in Arkansas campaign law concerning this issue. After reviewing several campaign expenditure reports from 2006, we noted that Gov. Beebe transferred $230,000 from his campaign to the Democratic Party of Arkansas before the general election.

RESPONSE FROM BEEBE CAMPAIGN:


This story is old, reported four years ago. The transfer they are talking about was reported on a campaign finance report in 2006 for the whole world to see. It seems ironic to wait a few years to take action now when they
have a political ax to grind in an election.²

Tags: , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • TGIF and the news roundup

    Here's your open line, plus the headline/comment roundup.
    • Jul 20, 2018
  • Judge refuses to lift hold on state anti-abortion law

    Federal Judge Kristine Baker today denied the state's attempt to lift her preliminary order stopping enforcement of a state law aimed at putting medicine abortion providers out of business.
    • Jul 20, 2018
  • Study: Democrats less inclined to cheat on spouses

    The Guardian reports on social science research using hacked data from the Ashley Madison adultery website and voter data from five states that concludes Democrats are less inclined to cheat on their spouses than Republicans. Josh Duggar anyone?
    • Jul 20, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation