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Lt. Gov. Darr appears before Ethics Commission

Posted: December 18, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.

FILE - In this file photo taken March 27, 2013, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, a Republican, presides in the Senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Darr said Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 he is dropping out of the race for a seat in Congress representing south Arkansas amid ethics questions over his campaign finance reports. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Ethics Commission's staff says there is sufficient evidence for the commission to find probable cause that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr improperly spent more than $40,000 in campaign and taxpayer funds and violated a dozen ethics laws and regulations, according to attorney and blogger Matt Campbell of Little Rock.

Darr appeared before the commission Wednesday after filing an ethics complaint against himself, and Campbell, who had also filed an ethics complaint against him, attended the closed-door meeting.

Commission Executive Director Graham Sloan decided to not say whether the commission took any action on such a complaint, saying state law forbids him from talking about any complaint until the commission takes final action.

After meeting for a half hour behind closed doors, Darr said he's not going to resign and declined further comment.

A legislative audit released last week also showed that Darr misspent more than $12,000 from his office budget on personal items and unapproved travel. Auditors said Darr should repay the money.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Michael Wickline contributed to this story.

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