The state Ethics Commission will investigate complaints Chris Burks, a North Little Rock lawyer, made about campaign finance issues in Tracy Steele’s unsuccessful race for mayor, won by Terry Hartwick.

Jimmie Cavin, a long-time critic of Steele, has distributed to media letters Burks received from the Ethics Commission saying investigations will be done of two complaints.

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One concerns Steele’s report of campaign contributions from what appear to be business entities and a school alumni association. The law limits political contributions to individuals, political parties, legislative caucuses and PACs.

Another complaint, mentioned here previously, concerns spending in support of Steele by POWAR, a registered independent expenditure committee. Burks had complained that POWAR’s treasurer, Durwin Larry, also was paid by Steele as a campaign consultant. Burks contends the POWAR expenditures were effectively unreported contributions to Steele’s campaign.

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Letters from Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said both complaints merited investigation. The investigations will lead eventually to a preliminary report to the Commission. Steele will have an opportunity to dispute the allegations.