- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas Supreme Court Justice ended up lending her campaign $660,700, including nearly $20,000 in the month after she lost the March 1 election for chief justice.

Judicial candidates detailed final expenditures and, for some, efforts to retire campaign debts in their campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Justice Courtney Goodson was able to pay herself back nearly $1,200 after raising $16,200 in the month after the election. Goodson lost the race for chief justice to Circuit Judge Dan Kemp of Mountain View.

Arkansas ethics rules allow candidates to raise money in the 45 days after an election and to put that money toward getting rid of any campaign debt.

Goodson first lent her campaign $100,000 last fall around the time she announced her candidacy. She continued adding personal loans to her campaign, including a $2,700 loan more than a week after the March 1 election and another $17,000 on April 20.

Goodson spent more than $51,000 after the campaign, including more than $28,000 on a bill from a Maryland-based consulting company, according to the campaign finance filing.

Goodson has been a justice since 2001. She didn’t respond to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s (http://bit.ly/1ZcxpV0 ) request for comment Tuesday.


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



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