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'Arkansas campaign contributions'

Judge Tim Fox dismisses city of Little Rock's lawsuit over candidate exploratory committees

Circuit Judge Tim Fox has dismissed the city of Little Rock's lawsuit attempting to stop two candidates for mayor for using exploratory committees to raise money in advance of the July 1 starting date in city ordinance for contributions to candidates for city office.
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City offers parking ticket amnesty for homeless shelter donations

The city of Little Rock is offering amnesty on outstanding parking tickets in return for contributions to Jericho Way, which operates the city's homeless day shelter on Springer Boulevard.
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Ethics Commission again says it has no power over Little Rock campaign issue

The state Ethics Commission has again said it has no power to enforce a city ordinance on campaign contributions to exploratory committees established by city candidates.

City attorney makes it official: LR incumbents are protected on campaign carryover

Blogger Russ Racop has received a formal rejection from Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter of his complaint that Mayor Mark Stodola is in "flagrant" violation of a city ordinance by keeping $78,000 in carryover money from his last uncontested election campaign for use in the 2018 election.
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City Board moves to protect incumbents from early fund-raising. But what about Stodola's nest egg?

The Little Rock City Board moved Monday to help Mark Stodola, and potentially themselves, against election challengers who use a state law on exploratory campaigns to get around a city limit on when fund-raising may begin.

Supreme Court upholds financial disclosure in campaign ads

The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the federal law that requires disclosure of expenditures of more than $10,000 within 60 days of contested elections even if the ads don't explicitly urge a vote for or against a candidate.
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Mostly party line vote gives House speaker control over committee membership

The Arkansas House today changed its rules to give total power to the speaker to appoint committee members in the future, but not without a blast from Democrats, including Rep. John Walker of Little Rock.

Spending reported in ballot races

Reports are coning in to the state Ethics Commission today on money being raised and spent by committees promoting and opposing ballot issues in the Nov. 8 election.
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Supreme Court overturns corruption conviction of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

In an 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for taking money and gifts from a company seeking Virginia support.

Poll: Arkansas voters would like a stronger ethics law

David Couch, the Little Rock lawyer who filed a proposed initiated ethics amendment for attorney general review last week, has also shared with me results of a key polling question done by the as-yet-unnamed group interested in the issue.
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A new move for a strong ethics law for Arkansas

Little Rock lawyer David Couch has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to strengthen the state ethics law for review by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.. It's a doozy.

Financial report: Courtney Goodson loaned $641,000 to her race for chief justice

An updated campaign finance report for failed chief justice candidate Courtney Goodson shows she loaned her campaign $641,000 and received $35,000 in contributions the last few days of the campaign from Pennsylvania lawyers who have become high-profile because of Arkansas political activities.
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