One point on the flyer alleges that Mason “admits his support for Obama’s executive actions that kill Arkansas jobs while making trial lawyers rich.” A footnote refers the reader to a blog at www.clarkmason.com, which is a part of the Mason legal firm’s Web site. On that page is a Jan. 15 press article about former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge.
Ryan West, an official of the Mason campaign organization, complained to the Rapid Response Team that “I don’t see how that story on Mike Maggio has anything to do with Clark supporting presidential orders that kill “jobs and make lawyers rich.’”
The 5-member team, formed to monitor advertising and other promotional materials in the Arkansas appellate court races this year, met Saturday at Little Rock and reviewed the complaint, the flyer and the reference.
The team found that the flyer did not provide factual support for its allegation and was therefore false and misleading. A letter was sent to the Republican State Leadership Committee, which has headquarters in Washington, D.C., allowing a full business day to respond. When no response was received, a cease-and-desist letter was issued and sent to the committee.