Ethics Complaint Filed Against Paragould Native

OCTOBER 7, 2005 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Republican from Alma says he has filed an ethics complaint against former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Paragould native Jimmie Lou Fisher over contributions to her campaign more than three years ago.  N. Donald Jenkins, Jr. said the complaint was being filed now because it's important for the integrity of the system.

Jenkins, a lawyer and a member of the Crawford County Quorum Court, said in a telephone interview that the compaint he filed Wednesday with the commission was nothing personal.  He said it rose out of his interest in seeing that all political candidates follow the same rules.

At least some of the alleged violations apparently were dismissed by the state Ethics Commission during Fisher's unsuccessful 2002 campaign against Republican incumbent Mike Huckabee.  Fisher said Thursday from Washington, where she was attending a wedding, that she hadn't seen the complaint but, if mistakes were made, they will be corrected.

The state Republican Party held a news conference in Little Rock yesterday to announce the complaint.  Officials released copies of some of Fisher's campaign contribution reports.  According to the GOP sample, 28 individuals or Democratic county committees contributed a total of $15,853 beyond the legal limit.

Donors cited included Congressman Vic Snyder of Little Rock.  The GOP said he game $478 more than the $1,000 per person election limit.  A Snyder spokeswoman said the complaint about the congressman's contribution was among others previously dismissed by the commission.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)