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Lisa Hammersly

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Campaign-finance files onerous

State reports on paper, not in computer-searchable format

Subscriber onlyArkansas 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. Continue reading...

States offer options for switch from paper to online

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

What U.S. experts, state officials say

Subscriber onlyHere'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 Continue reading...

State grade low on finance reports

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

Hogs foundation's gifts, grants fall off

Take drops $10.4 million for fiscal ’13

Subscriber onlyContributions 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. Continue reading...

Testimony on UA files to yield no prosecution

Subscriber onlyConflicting 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. Continue reading...

Nursing homes pile cash on court races

Fort Smith operator gives $113,000

Subscriber onlyFort 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. Continue reading...

6 tell their sides of UA unit woes

Choate says he's scapegoat; Diamond says law ignored

Subscriber onlyFormer University of Arkansas at Fayetteville fundraising division leaders Brad Choate and John Diamond told legislators Tuesday that the state s largest university in the past year has deteriorated into a hostile work environment rife with cultures of cover up and delete and destroy. Continue reading...

2nd panel to look at UA unit

Subscriber onlyA 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. Continue reading...

Inmate released in jail mix-up is arrested again

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — FORT SMITH — Sebastian County sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested a jail inmate who was awaiting a transfer to state prison — four days after they mistakenly released him from jail. Continue reading...

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