FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 11, 2011
State GOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Democrat Hudson Hallum
RPA Says Over $50,000 in Undocumented Expenses Could Have Gone To Campaign Operatives Who Were “Hustling Votes”
Little Rock, Ark. – On the heels of allegations of absentee voter fraud committed by the campaign of Democrat Hudson Hallum against Crittenden County residents during the Democratic primary in the House District 54 race, today the Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) filed a complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission against Hallum for filing an incomplete campaign finance report .
The report, filed July 8, 2011, for the period of May 11 through June 30, only included a cover page and lacked the list of itemized campaign expenditures and contributions required by Arkansas law.
“What or who is Democrat Hudson Hallum trying to hide?” asked RPA Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “Hallum’s over $50,000 in expenditures could have been used to pay Democratic operatives who, according to one Crittenden County resident, were ‘hustling votes,’ to illegally increase absentee ballot turnout. State law requires transparency and the people of East Arkansas deserve nothing less.”
Where Did the Money Go?
“In researching this story, I was unable to get a copy of Hallum's most recent financial disclosure report covering May 11 to July 2. This report was due by July 5, but the Secretary of State currently only has a faxed copy of page one received by fax on July 8. The one page filed (for May 11 through June 30) shows $3,350 of contributions and more importantly $50,165 of campaign expenses with a new loan of $52,500, but does not include any detail. Obviously, in light of this story, these detailed pages could be relevant.” (Jason Tolbert, “DISTRICT 54 ELECTION HEATS UP (UPDATED),” The Tolbert Report , 7/9/11)
Hallum’s Campaign “Hustling Votes”
“‘They was hustling for votes. They weren't professional or anything. They was hustling votes,’ Macy Johnson said describing Hudson Hallum’s campaign workers. She claims men from his campaign bullied her for her absentee ballot. When she wouldn't cave, she claims one of Hallum's campaign workers took the blank ballot. ‘I know I didn't vote so he had to fill it out,’ she said. “And that vote turned out for who?” abc24.com asked. ‘Hudson Hallum,’ she replied. Macy Johnson isn’t alone.” (Randy Wimbley, AR State Police Investigate Voter Fraud In Crittenden County,” ABC24 , 7/7/11)
State Police Launch Investigation
“Voter fraud in Crittenden County, that's what Arkansas State Police are investigating. They’re looking into a Democratic primary run-off between Kim Felker and Hudson Hallum two months ago.” (Randy Wimbley, AR State Police Investigate Voter Fraud In Crittenden County,” ABC24 , 7/7/11)
“State police last week agreed to investigate claims of voter fraud using absentee ballots. The claims were made by Felker and Dixie Carlson, the chairman of the Crittenden County Republican Party who is also a county election commissioner.” (Sarah D. Wire, “Monitor to oversee special election,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 7/7/11)
Democrats Ignore Seriousness of Voter Fraud
“Hallum: ‘Well I can't say one way or another what anybody is doing when I'm not there with them so I wouldn't want to say whether they did something like that or not.’” (Randy Wimbley, AR State Police Investigate Voter Fraud In Crittenden County,” ABC24 , 7/7/11)“Board member Jason Willett, a former state Democratic Party chairman, said by sending monitors to Crittenden County the board is setting the bar too low for when monitors can be requested. ‘Obviously we could go in, I just think it’s a bad precedent to set unless we’ve got some real concrete information in front of us that says why we definitely need to goin to put in monitors,’ Willett said.” (Sarah D. Wire, “Monitor to oversee special election,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 7/7/11)