Lt. Governor Reports Nearly $500K in Debt from '06 Campaign

LITTLE ROCK, AR - According to new campaign finance reports, Bill Halter still has nearly $500,000 in unpaid campaign debt more than a year after taking office as lieutenant governor.  But the reports released yesterday shows that his campaign owes all the money to himself.

Bud Jackson, a spokesman for Halter, said the lieutenant governor has no timetable for paying off the $498,858 unpaid in loans he made to his bid for the state's #2 spot.  Jackson said Halter is instead focusing on his official duties and his proposed constitutional amendment to create a state-run lottery.  He said that, when time and opportunity arise after those priorities are fulfilled, Halter will continue to work on retiring his debt.

Halter raised nearly $101,826 during the last three months of 2007, according to the report filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office.

Halter has the largest debt outstanding from the 2006 election.  Treasurer Martha Shoffner reported $29,076 in debt remaining from her campaign.

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