DeLay Questions McDaniel's Contributions from Jonesboro Developer

SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:27 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Democratic attorney general nominee Dustin McDaniel says he'll return a $2,000 donation given by a company connected to a Jonesboro developer after Republican rival Gunner DeLay questioned the legality of the contribution.

The contribution was one of $15,000 in contributions McDaniel has received from from Jonesboro developer Bruce Burrow, Burrow's family, and companies connected to Burrow.

The Legislature passed a proposal sponsored by McDaniel last year that allowed cities to tap into growth in revenue from state-mandated school village to pay off debt for tax increment financing.  DeLay says that Burrow would benefit from the TIF law because he's building a $150 million mall in North Little Rock that will be anchored by a Bass Pro store.

DeLay questioned a $2,000 contribution McDaniel received in February from Corporate Furnishings, Incorporated, a Jonesboro company that listed Burrow as its secretary and treasurer.  The Secretary of State's Web site said the company's license was revoked December 31, 1997.

DeLay questioned whether the contribution was a way to skirt campaign finance law.

McDaniel's campaign manager, Melissa Moody, says McDaniel will return the contribution to the company.

Moody says they believe the contribution to be valid, but that McDaniel was returning it to "err on the side of caution."

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