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Internet filing of campaign reports stalls

posted: 03/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- A proposed law that would have made it easier for Arkansans to see who's giving campaign money to the state's highest elected officials appears stalled as the General Assembly winds down this week.

'Dark money' bill fails in voice vote

updated: 03/23/2015 11:17 p.m. Discuss

A proposed bill to reveal the names of individual donors to so-called "dark-money" political campaign ads -- like those that drew criticism in the final weeks of an Arkansas Supreme Court race last year -- failed in a voice vote Monday in a state House committee.

More than 24 bills seek to limit open-records law

updated: 03/19/2015 3:49 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas legislators are considering more than two dozen proposed laws that would limit the state's traditionally strong Freedom of Information Act, which opens most government meetings and records to public access.

Campaign e-filing bill falls short in 1st vote

posted: 03/12/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

A bill to make it easier for the public to see who's bankrolling Arkansas' most high-profile political campaigns failed in its first committee vote Wednesday.

State settles high-priced drug suit

posted: 02/07/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

State health officials have settled a federal lawsuit that demanded Arkansas' Medicaid program provide a high-priced drug to cystic fibrosis patients afflicted with a rare form of the deadly disease.

Bill would require filing campaign finances online in Arkansas

updated: 02/02/2015 10:36 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas voters and researchers would no longer be forced to leaf through stacks of paper reports to learn who's bankrolling candidates for the state's highest-profile offices, under legislation introduced Monday.

State donor's cash in several war chests

updated: 01/18/2015 3:11 a.m. Comments 7

In the past 15 years, more than $1.2 million in campaign gifts to candidates for Arkansas' most powerful political offices have originated with one man: Fort Smith nursing home owner Michael Morton.

Electronic finance filings by candidates gain favor

posted: 12/28/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and two Arkansas legislators say they'll push for new state laws in January to make it easier for the public to learn who is bankrolling the state's biggest political campaigns.

Issue 3 already leaving a mark

posted: 11/16/2014 5:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas voters surprised almost everyone Nov. 4 when they endorsed a constitutional amendment that bars state political candidates from accepting campaign money from corporations.

Outsiders funding Senate contest

posted: 11/02/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

More than $2 of every $3 donated directly to the campaigns of Arkansas' U.S. Senate candidates have come from people and interests outside the state, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette review of federal campaign contribution records.

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