Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Restore Term Limits attracts a $20,000 donation

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Monthly filings by committees attempting to statewide referred acts and constitutional amendments on the ballot show most with light financial support so far. Some of the highlights of Ethics Commission filings:

Arkansans for Compassionate Care, circulating a medical marijuana initiative, reports $23,829 on hand, with the biggest chunk, $12,500, coming from the Drug Policy Alliance of New York.

Arkansas True Grass, for pure legalization of marijuana, has filed organizational papers but no financial report so far.

Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, circulating a medical marijuana proposal without a grow-your-own provision, has $9,230 on hand, with no recent major donations.

At least two committees have formed — one backed by the Religious-right Family Council — to oppose marijuana legalization.

Better Ethics Now, formed to roll back the ethics-weakening provisions added by the legislature to an ethics amendment, has $26,687, but has given up on reaching the 2016 ballot because of opposition from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Health Care Access for Arkansans has formed to push an initiative to discourage lawsuits against nursing homes. So far, it has filed no financial reporting.

Let Locals Decide has $187,000 in its treasury from alcoholic beverage sellers to work in behalf of local option alcohol elections, of which there are several around the state.

Restore Term Limits, the petition drive to amend the Constitution to restore shorter term limits, is limping along on its petition campaign according to recent reports, with a bit more than a month to go. And it's not long on money.

A report filed in mid-May showed the committee with a bit more than $20,000 on hand, that thanks mostly to a $20,000 contribution April 15 from The Homestead, which listed a post office box in Little Rock. The same PO box turns up in other financial filings as the post office box of Lisenne Rockefeller, the widow of former Lt. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.

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