Ethics complaint against Arkansas AG, treasurer dismissed

Ethics complaint against Arkansas AG, treasurer dismissed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against the state's attorney general and the state treasurer alleging they campaigned for a presidential candidate on state time.

The letter of dismissal issued Friday says Treasurer Dennis Milligan and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge did not violate any ethics rules by traveling to Iowa in January to campaign for former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The letter from commission Director Graham Sloan says the ethics rules define a candidate campaigning for public office as specifically excluding federal office - including the presidency.

Little Rock attorney Matt Campbell, who filed the complaint, says the commission went out of its way to avoid addressing the possible violation.

Spokesmen for both Milligan and Rutledge say they expected the complaint to be dismissed.

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