We’ve had a lot of corruption in Arkansas politics over the years, so we need to get around to cleaning it up. It’s our responsibility to hold our public officials accountable for their behavior.
There have been numerous ethics violations in the past where funneling of money has occurred… which has all of the appearances of a bribe.
The latest scandal started with this letter to the Arkansas Ethics Commission from the Law Offices of Thomas G. Buchanan… and we got to wondering… could this Arkansas Supreme Court Judge Maggio have been bought off?
If a person goes before a judge, shouldn’t that person have confidence in that judge and the judicial system? Every person needs to have access to the courts for proper justice to be served. We cannot let lawmakers pass laws that limit our access to the court system. The state and U.S. constitutions ARE NOT FOR SALE.
Then, we were made aware that former State Senator Gilbert Baker has resigned from his position at the University of Central Arkansas. From a Democrat Gazette article on 4/2/2014 entitled “Gilbert Baker resigns from UCA post”:
“The resignation comes on the same day the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that a former paid political consultant to Baker said he didn’t know anything about a series of political action committees tied to the investigation of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio.”
Photo of former State Senator Gilbert Baker from the article
Click here for the Arkanas Business online article. It mentions the “Thomas Group In PAC”, a committee that lists Don Thomas of Conway as an officer. Thomas is a paid former political consultant to former State Senator Gilbert Baker. This definitely requires more investigation…
In the same letter from the Law Offices of Thomas G. Buchanan to the Arkansas Ethics Commission, Michael Morton is mentioned. You may recall hearing about him in regards to the recent nursing home scandal. Mr. Morton is a nursing home owner on the Board of Directors that authorizes permits to nursing homes. How can a person that owns nursing homes be on the board of Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency to approve nursing home permits? Michael Morton is on the Commissioners Short List below. It appears that, in order to influence legislation favorable to nursing homes, our Arkansas legislators may have been bought off.
Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency
Freeway Medical Tower
5800 West 10th, Suite 805
Little Rock, AR 72204
The Michael Morton search was performed here. In our estimation, some of the legislators are possibly being influenced, and their names are listed in the chart below. Michael Morton has donated to their campaigns, and it appears that his intention was to influence them with campaign donations… or possibly bribe them. Trial attorney Joey McCutchen says: “Nursing homes and other special interests have always given massive amounts to other judicial candidates and politicians.” If a candidate has accepted a donation, rest assured that they are beholden to the contributor.
ARE OUR POLITICIANS FOR SALE?? You decide.
|Contributor||Amount||Contribution Type||Candidate Name||Contributor Address||Office||Election Year||Election Type||Report Type||Receipt Date||Image|
|Michael Morton||$1,000.00||Monetary||Andrea Lea||415 Rogers Ave. Fort Smith AR 72901||Auditor of State||2014||Primary||Fourth Quarter (due by January 15)||12-23-13|
|Michael Morton||$2,000.00||Monetary||Duncan Baird||415 Rogers Ave Fort Smith AR 72901||State Treasurer||2014||Primary||Fourth Quarter (due by January 15)||12-05-13|
|Michael Morton||$2,000.00||Monetary||Johnny Key||415 Rogers Ave Fort Smith AR 72901||State Senate District 17||2014||Primary||Fourth Quarter (due by January 15)||10-24-13|
|MICHAEL MORTON||$2,000.00||Monetary||Melissa Irvin||415 ROGERS AVE FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901||State Senate District 18||2014||Primary||Fourth Quarter (due by January 15)||10-18-13|
|MICHAEL MORTON||$2,000.00||Monetary||Bruce Holland||415 ROGERS AVE FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901||State Senate District 09||2014||Primary||Fourth Quarter (due by January 15)||10-14-13|
|Michael Morton||$2,000.00||Monetary||Jason Rapert||415 Rogers Ave Fort Smith AR 72901||State Senate District 35||2014||Primary||Fourth Quarter (due by January 15)||10-10-13|
|MICHAEL MORTON||$2,000.00||Monetary||Charlotte Douglas||415 ROGERS AVE FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901||State Representative District 075||2014||Primary||October Monthly||10-04-13|
|Michael Morton||$2,000.00||Monetary||Larry R. Teague||415 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith AR 72901||State Senate District 10||2014||Primary||Third Quarter (due byOctober 15)||09-19-13|
|MICHAEL MORTON||$2,000.00||Monetary||Cecile Bledsoe||415 ROGERS AVE FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901||State Senate District 03||2014||Primary||September Monthly||09-05-13|
Here is Article 5 section 35 of the Arkansas State Constitution regarding bribes:
Article 5 section 35. Bribery of member of General Assembly or state officer.
Michael Morton donated money to many lawmakers (see above),most of whom are ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) members. Representative Andrea Lea from Russellville was one of those lawmakers.
Photo of Rep. Andrea Lea (ALEC Chair Member)
REMINDER: Representative Andrea Lea is Chair of House State Agencies. Many of the bills that went through House State Agencies and Senate State Agencies during the 2013 General Assembly were influenced by ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)CHAIR members. The Chair of a committee has been known to oversee the outcome of many legislative efforts. Often, this has been to our detriment.
VOTERS in the Russellville area and District 71, when you get the chance, vote this woman out!
In our previous emails, we’ve talked about corruption in the Arkansas legislature, and we want to remind everyone that THREE of our Arkansas Senators (Senator Michael Lamoureaux, Senator Johnny Key, and Senator Eddie Joe Williams) were fined in December 2012 for funnelling campaign funds, and, of course, they’re ALEC politicians!
What happened to the oath of office that lawmakers take to protect and defend the Arkansas and U.S. Constitutions? It appears it may have been replaced by this ALEC loyalty oath that must be signed by ALEC State Chairs:
(See pages 19, 20, and 21 of this link for the loyalty oath.)
Could it be that the duty of an ALEC member is to put the interests of ALEC first, instead of the interests of voters who put them in office? Arkansas voters should get rid of all ALEC members and replace them with legislators who put their constituents first.
Also, you’ll recall that we have previously disclosed a lot of information about Arkansas Senator Eddie Joe Williams. See here, here, and especially here for past articles. Senator Williams has set up his own PAC (Political Action Committee) which could allow money to be funneled from other PACs and individuals to his own GoEddieJoePAC. The GoEddieJoePAC could then possibly transfer money to other legislators. We think that this practice is being done by many of the Arkansas legislators. When you give money to some of the legislators, your money may end up financing the election of another legislator/campaign. VOTERS in the CABOT area and in District 29: when you get the chance, vote this powerful senator out!
Photo of Senator Eddie Joe Williams (ALEC State Chair)
Senator Eddie Joe Williams donated over $42,000 from his campaign funds to other Senators and Representatives for ticket events in 2012. Senator Eddie Joe Williams is the Senate Majority Leader and also ALEC Chair member for the Arkansas Senate. He’s also the Chair of the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee. Also, he’s a State Chair for ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), and also a member of NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures), SLC (Southern Legislative Conference), and on the Board of Directors of SLLF (State Legislative Leaders Foundation). We have mentioned these menacing groups before in articles like this one.
How do we expect our country to ever recover with these governing groups superceding our constitutions and controlling our poiticians?
Any legislator that is a member of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures), CSG (Council on State Governments), or SLC (Southern Legislative Conference) is controlled and should not be allowed any committee assignments. It is the Chair who controls what legislation will be brought forward and allowed out of the committee. Also, many of the committee Chairs have been known to give campaign donations to the members of the committee that they chair. Could this be a bribe so that the Chair can control the committee and the legislation that comes out of that committee?
The most recent “GoEddieJoe PAC” search was performed here.
|Full Name||Year||Filing Date||Form Type||Filing Type|
|GoEddieJoePAC||2014||01/07/2014||PAC Activity Reports|
|GoEddieJoePAC||2013||10/21/2013||PAC Activity Reports|
|GoEddieJoePAC||2013||10/14/2013||PAC Activity Reports|
|GoEddieJoePAC||2013||07/15/2013||PAC Activity Reports|
|GoEddieJoePAC||2013||04/14/2013||PAC Activity Reports|
Campaigns with unclear funding sources can be problematic.
For information purposes only, we’re providing two links to all the registered PACs and Lobbyist groups in Arkansas:
Arkansas Secretary of State Registered PAC Report 2014
Arkansas Secretary of State Registered Lobbyist Report2014
Be careful for whom you vote! THE PRIMARY IS COMING UP IN MAY, AND WE CAN’T KEEP HAVING “MORE OF THE SAME”. IF ANY POLITICIAN IS A MEMBER OF ANY OF THESE GROUPS, THEY MUST BE VOTED OUT:
ALEC = AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL
NCSL = NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES
CSG = COUNCIL ON STATE GOVERNMENTS
SLC = SOUTHERN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
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“Eternal Vigilance is the price of liberty.”
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