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Ethics Commission Discusses Political Contributions by Member

FEBRUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 5:27 p.m. CST


LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Ethics Commission considered a complaint today against one of its own members, former House Speaker Herschel Cleveland.

Cleveland made donations to two Democratic statewide candidates.  He apologized to the commission and said the donations were a mistake.

As a member of the ethics panel, Cleveland is barred from making campaign contributions.  But he gave $500 to gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Mike Beebe and $250 to Mike Hathorn of Huntsville, who is running for lieutenant governor.  Both campaigns returned the contributions to Cleveland after he discovered they were not allowed.

The Arkansas Republican Party last month called for Cleveland's resignation, but Cleveland said he has no plans to resign from his post.

He says he will recuse from any issues involving Beebe or Hathorn.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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