Group challenges Arkansas attorney general’s ethics with complaint

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The 65 Projecta nonpartisan group, filed an ethics complaint against 15 state attorneys general, including Leslie Rutledge from ArkansasWednesday.

  • The group claims the AGs used their offices to push unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

Why is this important: With the midterm reviews just weeks away, the story that the last the general election was rigged persists and studies show that misinformation about the electoral system is erode public confidence in democracy.

The context: Rutledge was part of a coalition of 10 AGs that filed an amicus brief in November 2020, urging the United States Supreme Court to overturn a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision allowing the counting of mail-in ballots received three days after Election Day 2020.

  • Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin were key states that helped decide President Joe Biden’s election.

Details: Each of the 15 complaints filed by Project 65 are at the state level – in the case of Rutledge, with Arkansas Office of the Ethics Commission.

  • Other states where GAs received ethics complaints were: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

What they say : “Ms. Rutledge played a significant role – lending the credibility of the legal profession to the destructive cause and using the public service to amplify false claims and frivolous assertions that had no basis in law or fact,” the complaint said. .

  • A Rutledge spokesperson shared via email, “We are aware of a lawsuit filed against 15 Republican attorneys general.”

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