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Legislator-graft case spotlights Arkansas ethics-law flaws

State records, lobbyist’s plea show self-reporting a factor

By Doug Thompson

This article was originally published June 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated June 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Milton Russell “Rusty” Cranford

State’s rating

Arkansas’ results in a 2015 rating by the Center for Public Integrity of accountability and transparency are available online at:

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18337/arkansas-gets-d-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

A lobbyist whose firm spent $3.5 million in Arkansas reported total legislator-related expenses of only $12,170 from 2010 to 2017, a comparison of his federal guilty plea and state ethics records show.

State’s rating

Arkansas’ results in a 2015 rating by the Center for Public Integrity of accountability and transparency are available online at:

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18337/arkansas-gets-d-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

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JMort69 says... June 17, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

Do we really believe dirty politicians and legislators will police themselves? I was struck in reading the Cranford indictment, by the number of these "fundraisers" they held. And, the dirty money went all the way up to gubenatorial candidates. Cranford gleefully called it "The YEAR of The Greed". And now, we have the governor's nephew, not the one implicated in taking $500,000.00 in bribes from Cranford, but the other one, Jim Hendren authoring new ethics rules. They are going to set up a special committee made up of these same legislators. Seems like a snake eating itself to me. Some, like Sen. Bryan King, tried to push through better transparency rules, but were shot down by Bob Ballinger and others. The governor supported Ballinger in his senate bid against King. If the governor supports those who oppose transparency, no changes will be made. I say, we the people have an initiated act and tell these legislators how we want them and our money to be monitored. It is our money, not theirs, being sqandered so, why not have some citizen oversight? These guys are too buddy, buddy to honestly report corruption, or they would have in the years during which this was occurring. Instead, total silence. We are up to our you-know-whats in alligators in our legislature's swamp. Time to do some draining of our own, or the gators will keep eating us alive.

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DoubleBlind says... June 17, 2018 at 6:06 p.m.

HOLY CRAP! That’s quite a delta: $3.5M vs $12K is basically - A $3.5M delta between ACTUAL BRIBES and BRIBES CLAIMED.

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BEARTRAP919 says... June 17, 2018 at 8:48 p.m.

Bribery and Legislators in the same Sentence.

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