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Campaign-finance files onerous

posted: 08/17/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas ranks as one of the most difficult states for the public to learn who's donating campaign money to candidates for state office -- especially in the biggest, most-talked-about races.

States offer options for switch from paper to online

posted: 08/17/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

In 2006, Louisiana's system for disclosing candidates' campaign contributions to the public looked a lot like Arkansas'.

What U.S. experts, state officials say

posted: 08/17/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Here's what other state officials and national experts say about Arkansas' hard-to-access campaign contribution and spending reports: "Most people involved in politics, either covering it as a journalist or working on campaigns, know that to get any information about a candidate's finance reports, you have to look at the report as it's been scanned in from the printed version. It's not searchable. It doesn't take advantage of the technology that's available." State Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock

State grade low on finance reports

posted: 08/17/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

For at least a decade, national studies have awarded Arkansas low marks for its campaign-finance reporting practices.

Hogs foundation's gifts, grants fall off

posted: 06/17/2014 3:19 a.m. Comments 2

Contributions and grants to the Razorback Foundation -- the money raising arm for University of Arkansas sports -- dropped by more than $10 million last fiscal year, to $25.8 million, according to the nonprofit's most recent Internal Revenue Service report.

Testimony on UA files to yield no prosecution

posted: 06/03/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Conflicting testimony under oath to legislators last September by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's chancellor and the school's former spokesman doesn't measure up to grounds for prosecution, according to a letter released Monday by 6th Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

Nursing homes pile cash on court races

posted: 05/18/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Fort Smith nursing home operator Michael Morton and his companies have contributed $113,000 to candidates for the Arkansas Supreme Court -- more than 25 percent of reported donations from all sources, according to a campaign finance analysis by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

2nd panel to look at UA unit

posted: 01/06/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

A second joint legislative committee will take a shot Tuesday at identifying mistakes that led to millions in overspending by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s fundraising division.

Choate expected to air his side of what caused UA unit deficit

posted: 12/08/2013 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Brad Choate, one of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s most successful fundraisers, is expected to talk publicly this week for the first time about how the Division of University Advancement under his leadership last year became mired in a surprise, multimillion-dollar deficit.

Unit budget chief invited to talk

posted: 12/08/2013 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Auditors, school officials and Joy Sharp herself, who worked for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for almost 40 years, agree that she made mistakes in handling finances for the school’s fundraising division.

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