Arkansas Campaign and Ethics Laws Initiative (2012)

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An Arkansas Campaign and Ethics Laws Initiative did not make the November 2012 ballot as an initiated state statute. The measure would have changed state campaign and ethics laws by placing a ban on direct corporate and union contributions to political campaigns in the state. The proposal was introduced by the group Regnat Populus 2012.[1]

Specifically, the measure would have disallowed gifts by lobbyists to state lawmakers and would also not have allowed legislators to become lobbyists until 2 years after leaving office.


Supporters of the measure included:


See also: Polls, 2012 ballot measures
  • A poll was taken on March 26, 2012 asking voters if they would vote for or against the measure if the election was that day. The results of the poll are found below.[3]
Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
Mar. 26, 2012 Talk Business-Hendrix College 69% 18% 13% 759

Path to the ballot

Supporters must have obtained at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters by July 6, 2012 in order to have been placed on the ballot. The measure was an initiated state statute, which meant the required amount of signatures equaled to at least 6% of the total number of votes cast for governor.

Before the initiative could circulate, however, the popular name and ballot title must have been approved by the Arkansas Attorney General.

The measure was approved for circulation after Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave clearance on April 4, 2012 to supporters to collect signatures.[4]

However, the measure did not file signatures by the deadline, according to the Secretary of State's office when contacted by Ballotpedia.

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