- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state’s ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

Rutledge on Tuesday rejected the proposal by Little Rock attorney David Couch that would remove the exemptions from the gift ban for planned events for governmental bodies and travel expenses paid by national or regional organizations. Rutledge’s certification is required before Couch can begin gathering the nearly 85,000 signatures needed from registered voters to put the proposal on the November ballot

Couch’s proposal would impose other new campaign finance restrictions, including a ban on political action committees funded by corporations or limited liability companies. It would also lower the maximum amount a donor can contribute to a candidate from $2,700 to $1,500.

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