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Ethics complaint filed against Arkansas attorney general

An ethics complaint has been filed against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge alleging she took illegal campaign contributions. (Photo: KATV)

An ethics complaint has been filed against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge alleging she took illegal campaign contributions.

Matt Campbell, a Little Rock attorney and Blue Hog Report blogger, filed the complaint, claiming Rutledge received a $2,700 contribution on May 21 from the "Republican Attorneys General Association Arkansas PAC," before the political action committee was registered as approved. Campbell cited an Arkansas code that states candidates can only take a contribution from an approved political action committee and says the "Republican Attorneys General Association Arkansas PAC" wasn't registered until May 29.

Republican Attorneys General Association's Communications Director, Zach Roday, told KATV this was simply an oversight.

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

KATV has reached out to the attorney general's office for comment on the ethics complaint and is expecting a statement later Tuesday.

Meanwhile, attorney general candidate Mike Lee claims Rutledge raised more than $1 million from the opioid industry.

Rutledge responded to Lee's claims, saying she will take legal action against companies regardless of political contributions, "As I have demonstrated multiple times, I will continue to take legal action against individuals or companies for harming Arkansans regardless of political contributions. In fact, I sued Johnson and Johnson and Purdue Pharma under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Arkansas Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act for their respective roles in creating the opioid crisis in our State. Additionally, I have taken action against numerous companies listed by my dishonest opponent, including: CVS, Amerisource, Teva, Pfizer, and McKesson.

"The complaint is nothing more than a last-ditch effort to make headlines by my dishonest opponent and his supporters."

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