Ethics Commission To Hold Probable Cause Hearing On Dennis Milligan

The second week of January has been pretty busy relative to this blog over the last few years. On January 10, 2014, Mark Darr tendered his resignation as Lt. Gov. following BHR’s reporting on his misuse of campaign funds.

On January 13, 2015, Mike Maggio pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges stemming from BHR’s reporting on Maggio’s campaign contributions received from Michael Morton in exchange for a reduction in a verdict against one of Morton’s nursing homes.

Today, I received a letter from the Arkansas Ethics Commission, informing me that a probable-cause hearing would be held on January 22, 2016, regarding most of the ethics-violation allegations that were made against Dennis Milligan in the August 25, 2015 complaint.


You may recall that Milligan attempted to avail himself of the new safe-harbor self-reporting provision of the ethics rules after the complaint was filed. You might also recall–perhaps with a good deal of retrospective humor–that Milligan and his attorney claimed that, as a result of the safe-harbor provision, the Commission would not investigate the bulk of the allegations against Milligan. This was incorrect; the Ethics Commission found that affirmative defense applicable only to six of the 28 allegations contained in the original complaint.

You can read the full letter here:

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Granted, in my last go-round at the Ethics Commission, the end result was less-than-ideal, at least for those who actually care about campaign-finance rules. So there is no guarantee that the probable-cause hearing actually amounts to anything more.

That said, given the breadth of the allegations against Milligan, not to mention the fact that many within his own party do not like him, I find it hard to believe that Dennis MilliganĀ has the level of political cover that Leslie Rutledge did, or that Milligan will be quite so lucky in the final outcome.



  1. BlueHogReport The BHR is a great follow. Run by the one person in Arkansas who knows how to route out the many, many crooks in Ark politics

  2. BlueHogReport Thank you Matt Campbell for standing face to face with Ark Political Crooks & not budging! RT & Follow BlueHogReport

  3. Thanks for what you do. I guess you know he asked for $50000 in our taxpayer funds for his defense fund….

  4. I just want to know what you have in store for NEXT January. We’ll be in regular legislative session then . . .

  5. Whatever happens to Dennis Milligan will be cake & ice cream compared to what he has coming to him! And is Mike Maggio EVER going to be sentenced?

  6. Matt Campbell, have you investigated campaign reports from all elected officials? And what do you think you would find there? Who hasn’t used the fax machine at their work once or twice for personal reasons? Who hasn’t used the e-mail system at work for something personal? And if you hold all elected officials up to the standards that you are expecting from Mr Milligan then I guess we would have to clean the slate and start over. The campaign requirements as I have come to understand them would keep any sane person from running for office in the state of Arkansas!

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