LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas said her campaign has temporarily suspended a "gun giveaway promotion" for contributions and will resolve questions about its legality.
The suspension of Jan Morgan's promotion came a day after former state Rep. Nate Bell alleged Morgan's campaign was conducting illegal raffles to raise campaign funds, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Bell, whose wife is the aide to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, said he has challenged other entities on the illegal use of raffles and that "most have decided to obey the law and not do the raffles."
He said the Arkansas Constitution bans all lotteries except for certain narrow exemptions and that none of the exemptions allow for political use to benefit a candidate.
Morgan said her campaign is looking into whether any actions that have been taken are prohibited under campaign finance laws and rules. She said any action related her campaign that was improper will be handled in "a frank and transparent manner according to the laws and rules that govern campaigns."
"People can and do make mistakes, and if one was made in this instance I can assure you that it was an honest mistake by a volunteer and will be answered for honorably," said Morgan.
Graham Sloan, director of the Arkansas Ethics Commission, said the state laws under the jurisdiction of the Arkansas Ethics Commission don't address raffles, and that the Arkansas Constitution allows for charitable bingo and raffles. He said if a prohibited raffle was held, it would be up to a prosecutor whether to pursue charges.