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Arkansas Ethics Commission dismisses radio ad complaint

November 25, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint by the state’s Republican party that a political action committee inappropriately ran a midterm election radio ad that was called racist by both parties in a U.S. congressional race.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the commission said Friday that Black Americans for the President’s Agenda, a North Carolina PAC, didn’t have to register and report finances in Arkansas. The state GOP had complained the PAC never registered in Arkansas. But the commission dismissed the argument, saying the ad was run in a national race.

The ad first aired in October in support of Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill, who won re-election against Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker. In the ad, which Hill and Tucker both condemned, a woman says, “white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.”

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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