Ethics chief says Darr skipped campaign finance training

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) - Lt. Gov. Mark Darr did not attend training on campaign finance laws offered by the state Ethics Commission, the panel's director said Thursday.

Darr, who was reprimanded this week by the Ethics Commission and agreed to pay $11,000 in fines violating campaign finance and ethics laws, has not attended any of the training sessions on campaign finance laws that the commission routinely offers, said Executive Director Graham Sloan.

"We offer five or six different training sessions every campaign season," Sloan said Thursday in response to a reporter's question. "We've already done the first one for the 2014 cycle, and then we've got five or six more scheduled. We go to the four corners of the state. We'll be going to Fayetteville and Jonesboro and Dumas and Hope and places like that. We've done that every election cycle."

Sloan also said that "to my knowledge, Mr. Darr never came to any of those sessions."

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