FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2020
Contact: Austin Bailey
Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge Uses Bait and Switch to Fund 2022 Governor Bid
LITTLE ROCK – As the people’s lawyer, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is supposed to protect us from scams. Instead, Rutledge is using her office to scam Arkansans into unknowingly putting money toward her 2022 governor campaign.
Today, For AR People filed a complaint with the Arkansas attorney general’s office against Rutledge herself. We call on the attorney general to immediately cease fraudulently soliciting campaign funds using deceptive messaging. And we’re urging fellow Arkansans to join the call for an investigation.
It’s outrageous that our own state attorney general, the officer in charge of protecting Arkansans from scams, is in fact using her office to try to scam us.
This week, Rutledge signed on to a ridiculous lawsuit to toss out votes in states that went for Biden. What’s worse, Rutledge is trying to trick supporters of the lawsuit into donating to her own personal campaign coffers.
As you can see in the tweet below, Rutledge invites Trump supporters to help her win the fight. What she doesn’t say is that the link funnels money into her own account.
“Because she is the chief law enforcement representative of the state, this is a direct violation of her obligation,” said Camille Bennett, an attorney and director of voter protection with For AR People. The fundraising link also raises questions about whether Rutledge is illegally using her position to help her campaign.
Arkansas law prohibits false and deceptive advertising and charges the state attorney general with litigating such claims. It’s outrageous that our own state attorney general, the officer in charge of protecting Arkansans from scams, is in fact using her office to try to scam us.
For AR People calls attorneys in Leslie Rutledge’s office to investigate and put a stop to their boss’s obvious swindle. Arkansans can demand an investigation by signing our petition.
About For AR People: Arkansas’s state motto is “The People Rule.” But for too long, many of our state politicians have been operating in the shadows. They prioritized interests of the wealthy and powerful over interests of the people. They put partisanship and deep-pocket campaign donors ahead of us, the voters.
This is our state. We are fighting back.