Complaint over legislator’s campaign spending dismissed


LITTLE ROCK — The state Ethics Commission on Friday unanimously dismissed a complaint against state Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, over Burris’ use of campaign funds to contribute to other candidates’ campaigns.

Burris, who was unopposed for re-election this year, spent a total of $3,500 in campaign funds on tickets to fundraisers by 17 candidates, according to the commission.

Arkansas Code 7-6-203(g) prohibits a candidate from using campaign funds to make a contribution to another candidate’s campaign. However, the commission said there is an exception for situations in which

attending another candidate’s campaign fundraising event would benefit the candidate’s own campaign.

“Evidence gathered during the course of the investigation reflected that your attendance at the fundraising events in question furthered your own campaign by allowing you to gain access to crowds of people

which included legislators, lobbyists and political activists, all of whom were potential contributors to your campaign,” Ethics Commission Director Graham Sloan said in a letter to Burris notifying him of the

dismissal of the complaint.