Hutchinson Ethics Complaint

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ARKANSAS ETHICS COMMISSION

910 WEST SECOND STREET, SUITE 100
LITTLE ROCK, AR 72201

Phone (501) 324-9600 Toll Free (800) 422-7773
CITIZEN COMPLAINT FORM

The undersigned person files this complaint and requests that the Arkansas Ethics Commission
conduct an investigation concerning the facts and actions detailed below for the purpose of determining
whether or not there has been a violation of laws under the Commission's jurisdiction.
1. Identify the person you are complaining about:
Name: Asa Hutchinson

Position or Title: Governor of Arkansas

Address: 1800 Center St.

Phone: (Home)

Little Rock. AR 72201

(Work) (501)682-2345

2. State in your own words the detailed facts and the actions of the person named in section 1 which
prompted you to make this complaint. The brief space provided below is not intended to limit your
statement of facts. Please use the back of this form or additional sheets if necessary. Include relevant
dates, times, and the names, and addresses of other persons whom you believe have knowledge of the
facts.

See Attached

3. Attach or make reference to any documents, materials, minutes, resolutions or other evidence which
support your allegations.

I swear or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that
the facts set forth in this complaint are true and
correct to the best of my knowledge, information,

State of Arkansas

County of

and belief.
Subscribed and swom before me this

day

of

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Signature:

Print your name: Matthew D. Campbell
Notary Signature:

Mailing address: P.O. Box 7469

My Commission Expires:.

Phone:(Home)_

Approved by the Arkansas Ethics Commission

C\Nork) (501)396-9246

Revised 06/01

Summary: Governor Asa Hutchinson appeared at two campaign events in support of State Sen.
Eddie Joe Williams on Monday, February 29, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until
roughly 11:00 a.m. In so doing doing, and by devoting time during normal business hours to Sen.
Williams' campaign. Gov. Hutchinson violated Ark. Code Ann. § 7-1-103.

Facts & Law: On February 28, 2016, Sen. Eddie Joe Williams posted an announcement on his
campaign Facebook page in reference to two "Meet & Greet with Asa Hutchinson" events to take

place on Monday, February 29, 2016. The first event was to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Grinds Coffee
Co. in Cabot, with the second event to follow at 9:00 a.m. at Vilonia Senior Citizen Center in
Vilonia. See Exhibit 1.

Pictures posted on Sen. Williams' Facebook page, as well as pictures posted on other Facebook
pages, confirmed that Gov. Hutchinson was at both events. Exhibit 2 (Cabot event) and Exhibit
3 (Vilonia event). A video of Gov. Hutchinson speaking in support of Sen. Williams at the Cabot
event is also available at:

https://www.facebook.eom/eddie.williams.5/videos/10156513170695542/

Under Arkansas law:

It shall be unlawful for any public servant, as defined in § 21-8-402, to devote any time or
labor during usual office hours toward the campaign of any other candidate for office or for
the nomination to any office.

Ark. Code Ann. § 7-1-103(a)(2)(A)(i). "Public servant" as it is defined in 21-8-402, includes "all

public officials, public employees, and public appointees." Ark. Code Ann. § 21-8-402(18).
"Public official" means "a legislator or any other person holding an elective office of any
governmental body." Ark. Code Ann. § 21-8-402(17). Thus, the prohibition in Ark. Code Ann. 7l-103(a)(2)(A)(i) applies to Gov. Hutchinson as a public official.

2016-03-31 Hutchinson Ethics Complaint
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The "usual office hours" of the Arkansas Governor's office are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. February 29,2016, was not a state of federal holiday. The Governor's usual office
hours that day were therefore 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. By "devot[ing] time or labor during usual
office hours" on February 29, 2016, Asa Hutchinson has violated Ark. Code Ann. § 7-1103(a)(2)(A)(i).

Furthermore, because Sen. Williams was seeking election to the office of Arkansas State Senator,
he is a state candidate, rather than a federal candidate. The Ethics Commission's decisions in Case

Nos. 2016-CO-008 and 2016-CO-009 specify that Ark. Code Ann. § 7-l-103(a)(2)(A)(i) applies to
instances where a public servant devotes time to the campaign of a state-level candidate.

Accordingly, because this complaint is proper under Ark. Code Ann. § 7-6-218(a), is signed, and
states facts constituting an alleged violation within the jurisdiction of the Arkansas Ethics
Commission, I request that this violation be investigate pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 7-6218(b)(1)(A).

2016-03-31 Hutchinson Ethics Complaint
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Exhibit 1

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February 28 •

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Exhibit 4

Kimberiy Buchberger
February 29 near Cabot •

It was an honor this morning to meet our governor
Asa Hutchison, and hang out with my good friend
Eddie Joe.

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3 comments

Was Lawrence Nice

February 29 at 8;20am
Tammy Griswold glad to see you didnt dress up
for the occasion goober hahahahha
February 29 at 5:03pm
Kimberiy Buchberger Girl I had just got off the

bus. Plus 1 did think about Ittll^^^
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Eddie Joe Williams

February 29 • ^

Thank you Mayor Firestone and the city of Vilonia.
Great turn out this morning in Vilonia. Polls open in

the morning at 730a and close at 730p. I'm asking
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for your vote to continue serving you as you State
Senator Dist. 29. ##goeddiejoe — with Vilonia Car
Club. Vilonia Chamber, April Smith Burroughs,
Bethany Williams Hartz and Oscar Jones.
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