Ethics Commission To Investigate Leslie Rutledge for PAC Contribution

Last week, we posted about an ethics complaint filed against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for her acceptance of a contribution from Republican Attorney Generals Association-Arkansas PAC. In the post, we explained the basis for the complaint thusly:

According to her Campaign Contribution & Expenditure (CC&E) reports, Rutledge received a $2,700 contribution from “Republican Attorneys General Association Arkansas PAC” on May 21, 2018. Thing is, that PAC did not register with the Arkansas Secretary of State until May 29, 2018. That May 21 contribution was, therefore, illegal on its face under Arkansas Code Annotated 7-6-203(a)(1)(B).

In a letter dated October 22, 2018, the Ethics Commission wrote (emphasis added):

It has been determined that said complaint meets the requirements set forth in subparagraph A(3) of Section V of the Ethics Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Accordingly, an investigation is being commenced.

Generally, the next step for such a complaint will be a probable-cause hearing after the investigation has concluded. If the Ethics Commission finds probable cause to believe that a violation occurred, they will make a settlement offer to Rutledge. If the settlement offer is rejected, a full hearing will be held, at which time the Commission will rule.

You can see the full letter here:

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