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Ethics complaint filed against treasurer candidate Dennis Milligan

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Lindsay Brown of North Little Rock has filed a complaint that Dennis Milligan, the Republican candidate for treasurer, has failed to comply with ethics laws on campaign finance failings.

These include taking money from unregistered PACs and failure to disclose some required information on reporting forms. The complaints has some similarity, in fact, to a similar complaint filed by a supporter of Milligan against the Democratic nominee, Karen Sealy Garcia.

I'll give you all the details alleged in the complaint on the jump. Tit-for-tat filings complaints are a familiar feature of the final weeks of a campaign. I don't minimize them. But in this, Milligan's record is already bad enough. He attempted to use political blackmail to eliminate primary opponent Duncan Baird; he's been enmeshed in controversy in Saline County, some of it on the circuit court record, and there was his infamous remark that what the U.S. needs was another 9/11 to fully understand the perils in the world. No, we don't.

Brown, 55, is an employee of the painters union. He acknowledged the earlier complaint against Garcia and said there ought to be a "level playing field." His full complaint follows, along with Dennis Milligan's response that says this is just a poor attempt by a Garcia supporter to cover her own shortcomings:

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Dennis Milligan

Today, North Little Rock resident Lindsay Brown filed an ethics complaint against Republican Dennis Milligan, candidate for State Treasurer, for numerous inaccuracies on his campaign contribution and expenditure reports, including taking money from prohibited sources. The ethics complaint also covered Milligan's Statement of Financial Interest.

“The State Treasurer’s office has been plagued with ethical problems due to the last person elected to that position. Arkansas can’t afford to another elected official with questionable ethics,” said Brown.

“Dennis Milligan can’t even fill out basic campaign forms correctly, so why should we trust him to handle the billions of dollars as State Treasurer? Milligan has a pattern of unethical behavior, such as when he attempted to blackmail Duncain Baird, his Republican primary opponent, out of that race. Arkansans can’t trust Dennis Milligan when it comes to ethics and Arkansans should trust their next Treasurer,” said Brown.

A copy of the ethics complaint is pasted below.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Dennis Milligan

Problems with Statement of Financial Interest filed on 3/10/14
1. In Milligan’s Statement of Financial Interest filed on 3/10/14 he did not include two sources of incomes as required by A.C.A. 21-8-401 through 28-8-804. Two separate sources of income from Schwab, Inc. were not included in his filing and both totaled more than $12,500.
2. Section 6 does not contain an entry. It’s unknown if Milligan has any creditors.
3. Section 8 does not contain an entry. It’s unknown if Milligan received any gifts.
4. Sections 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, do not contain any entries.

Problems with monthly reports filed on July, 14, 2014, August 14, 2014 and September 15, 2014

Prohibited contributions: Dennis Milligan accepted contributions from eight entities that have not properly registered with the Secretary of State. Since they are not properly registered PACs these are likely prohibited contributions.

Section #15. On 6/19/14 the Saline County Republican Committee made a $2,000 contribution. However, it appears the Saline County Republican Committee has not filed a PAC registration form with the Secretary of State for 2014. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014.

Section #15. On 6/19/14 the Grant County Republican Committee made a $250 contribution. However, it appears the Grant County Republican Committee has not filed a PAC registration form with the Secretary of State’s office for 2014. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014.

Section #15: On 7/22/14 the Republican Committee of Stone County made a $100 contribution. However, it appears that the Republican Committee of Stone County has not filed a PAC registration for with the Secretary of State’s office. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014.

Section #15: On 7/25/14 the Crittenden County Republican Committee made a $100 contribution to Dennis Milligan. However, no PAC registration form appears to be on file for that committee with the Secretary of State. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014.

Section #15: On 8/5/14 the Franklin County Republican Committee made a $150 contribution to Dennis Milligan. No PAC registration form appears to be on file for that committee with the Secretary of State. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014.

Section #15: On 8/15/14 the Johnson County Republican Committee made a $500 contribution to Dennis Milligan. No PAC registration form appears to be on file for that committee with the Secretary of State. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014.

Section #15: On 8/15/14 the Johnson County Republican Women’s Club made a $100 contribution to Dennis Milligan. No PAC registration form appears to be on file for that committee with the Secretary of State.

Section #15: On 8/15/14 the Crawford County Republican Committee made a $500 contribution to Dennis Milligan. No PAC registration form appears to be on file for that committee with the Secretary of State. Nor has it filed a County Party Political Committee registration form for 2014. In fact, this committee filed a PAC termination form with the Secretary of State’s office earlier this year.


Problems with report filed on June 30th, 2014
1) On June 30 opposed candidates in the primary are required to “final report” covering 5/11/14 – 5/20/14. However, Milligan failed to file a final report as required.

Instructions at the top of the form Milligan used to file on June 30, 2014 are clear:

THIS FORM CANNOT BE USED FOR THE FINAL REPORT - ALL INFORMATION MUST BE COMPLETE THIS REPORT MUST BE FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE

Mr. Milligan wants to become Arkansas’s State Treasurer but he can’t even follow simple instructions on which form to use.
2) Section 15. Milligan failed to include the address for Precision Excavating, LLS. This lack of information fails to meet the reporting requirements of A.C.A. 7-6-207 and calls into question if this is a legal source.
3) Section 15. Milligan fails to include the employers of numerous contributors as required by A.C.A. 7-6-207

DENNIS MILLIGAN RESPONSE

“This is a desperate attempt by Garcia and her union allies to divert attention from her poor and inept reporting practices.

“The Ethics Commission is scheduled to rule on a six-page complaint filed against Garcia on Friday. This complaint against me means she obviously anticipates being found guilty of multiple ethics violations and hopes to muddy the waters by having a supporter file this.

“Her supporter even admits to wanting to “level the playing field” with this filing. Unlike with the complaint against Garcia, at this point, the Ethics Commission has not even determined there is enough evidence to open an investigation.

“I have yet to receive the complaint and will be better able to speak to the politically-motivated accusations once I have reviewed the actual filing.

“From what members of the media have told me, it appears the biggest part of the Garcia supporter’s filing centers on the fact that a Republican candidate took contributions from Republican county committees.

“The party that controls the majority of the statewide offices created by the Arkansas Constitution – governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and land commissioner – controls the local county election commissions.

“Right now, Democrats control four of those seven offices. That means there are two Democrats and one Republican on each county’s election commission.

“Democrats are desperate to maintain control of the county election commissions and so no dirty political trick – like this one – is beneath them.

“I have the management experience to run that office. I have a Best Practices plan to restore integrity that Garcia’s fellow Democrat Martha Shoffner took away with her corrupt practices. I will soon be announcing plans for helping improve financial literacy among single mothers and other young people in our state.



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