Candidate says he’s returned portion of $5,000 contribution


LITTLE ROCK — A state House candidate who is the subject of an ethics complaint over a campaign contribution said Wednesday he has taken steps to comply with campaign finance laws.

Dave Wallace of Leachville, a Republican who is challenging the re-election bid of state Rep. Wes Wagner, D-Manila, said in a news release he has returned $1,000 of a $5,000 contribution he previously accepted from Labor Smart, a Hiram, Ga., temporary employment service.

Wallace also said he would file an amended campaign finance report listing the balance as a $2,000 contribution for the primary election and a $2,000 contribution for the general election.

Arkansas law limits campaign contributions from corporations and individuals to $2,000 per candidate per election.

“I misread the contribution limits. This was an honest mistake on my part,” Wallace said.

The state Democratic Party said Monday it had filed an ethics complaint against Wallace over the contribution.