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Lisa Hammersly

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Internet filing of campaign reports stalls

Sponsor says ‘transparency’ bill is unlikely to be revived

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- A proposed law that would have made it easier for Arkansans to see who's giving campaign money to the state's highest elected officials appears stalled as the General Assembly winds down this week. Continue reading...

'Dark money' bill fails in voice vote

House Bill 1425 aimed to stop coordination between candidates, PACs

Subscriber onlyA proposed bill to reveal the names of individual donors to so-called "dark-money" political campaign ads -- like those that drew criticism in the final weeks of an Arkansas Supreme Court race last year -- failed in a voice vote Monday in a state House committee. Continue reading...

More than 24 bills seek to limit open-records law

Subscriber onlyArkansas legislators are considering more than two dozen proposed laws that would limit the state's traditionally strong Freedom of Information Act, which opens most government meetings and records to public access. Continue reading...

Campaign e-filing bill falls short in 1st vote

Subscriber onlyA bill to make it easier for the public to see who's bankrolling Arkansas' most high-profile political campaigns failed in its first committee vote Wednesday. Continue reading...

State settles high-priced drug suit

Medicaid now pays for 5 patients’ $311,000 per year cystic fibrosis treatment

Subscriber onlyState health officials have settled a federal lawsuit that demanded Arkansas' Medicaid program provide a high-priced drug to cystic fibrosis patients afflicted with a rare form of the deadly disease. Continue reading...

Bill would require filing campaign finances online in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyArkansas voters and researchers would no longer be forced to leaf through stacks of paper reports to learn who's bankrolling candidates for the state's highest-profile offices, under legislation introduced Monday. Continue reading...

State donor's cash in several war chests

Subscriber onlyIn the past 15 years, more than $1.2 million in campaign gifts to candidates for Arkansas' most powerful political offices have originated with one man: Fort Smith nursing home owner Michael Morton. Continue reading...

Electronic finance filings by candidates gain favor

Subscriber onlyGov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and two Arkansas legislators say they'll push for new state laws in January to make it easier for the public to learn who is bankrolling the state's biggest political campaigns. Continue reading...

Issue 3 already leaving a mark

Corporate-gift curbs have politicians, lobbyists wary

Subscriber onlyArkansas voters surprised almost everyone Nov. 4 when they endorsed a constitutional amendment that bars state political candidates from accepting campaign money from corporations. Continue reading...

Outsiders funding Senate contest

Most of donors live out of state

Subscriber onlyMore than $2 of every $3 donated directly to the campaigns of Arkansas' U.S. Senate candidates have come from people and interests outside the state, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette review of federal campaign contribution records. Continue reading...

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