Conservative Arkansas: Really?
Conservative Arkansas, a Northwest Arkansas PAC, is again in the spotlight as they continue promoting GOPers who support Arkansas Medicaid Expansion (Private Option, Arkansas Works, or whatever its current name might be).
Jeff Oland of northwest Arkansas filed campaign ethics complaints against the PAC in mid-February. Now the Ethics Commission reports they will investigate certain Conservative Arkansas 2012 and 2014 campaign activities and donations involving Senator Jon Woods and former Representative John Burris. (Woods and Burris are former officers of Conservative Arkansas who were instrumental in passing the original Medicaid expansion in 2013.)
Back in 2011, Conservative Arkansas — headed up by Patsy Wooten — masqueraded as a tea party group adamantly opposed to Medicaid expansion like other state tea party groups. At that time, Wooten’s daughter Jana Della Rosa (who is now a Conservative Arkansas officer) wasn’t a state legislator, but she’s a fast learner, responding to Oland’s complaints in typical establishment fashion, saying “…they’re trying to trash me two weeks before the election…. It’s a political game — file an ethics complaint even if there’s nothing to it.”
Apparently the Ethics Commission doesn’t agree with Della Rosa’s assessment of the complaints.