Ethics commission investigates campaign donation to Arkansas attorney general

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (Photo: KATV)

The Arkansas Ethics Commission is investigating whether Attorney General Leslie Rutledge violated campaign finance law, according to a letter from the group released Tuesday by attorney and blogger Matt Campbell.

The investigation comes after Campbell filed a complaint over a $2,700 donation Rutledge received May 21 from a political action committee known as Republican Attorneys General Association Arkansas. The complaint says Rutledge accepted the donation before the group had been registered as approved by the state. The PAC wasn't registered until eight days after it made the donation, the complaint says.

Arkansas law prohibits state candidates from accepting campaign contributions from political action committees that have not been registered as approved.

Republican Attorneys General Association Arkansas spokesman Zach Roday said last week that the registration was simply an oversight.

"The registration form was initially submitted via fax on May 21," he said. "When we were notified the form needed to be filed online, we did so promptly the same day."

Rutledge, a Republican, is running for her second four-year term as Arkansas Attorney General. Democrat Mike Lee and Libertarian Kerry Hicks are running against her.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission does not comment on ethics complaints or investigations.

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