I wrote yesterday about how a single source, the anti-Arkansas Works Maynard family, was providing through multiple PACs most of the financial power so far for Bob Bailey, one of three Republican candidates in a special election to fill a state Senate seat held by the late Greg Standridge, a legislator who supported Gov. Asa Hutchinson on the Medicaid expansion.

Readers pointed to the heavy special interest influence in the report of another candidate, Breanne Delyte Davis.


She reported $28,325 in her first report. Better than $15,000 came from PACs or business organizations that appear to be PACs but aren’t currently listed as such. A good bit of the rest came from registered lobbyists.

Here financiers include grocers, truckers, Stephens, Entergy, mobile homes, a couple of PACs headed by lobbyist Bruce Hawkins, the nursing home lobby, Kum and Go, and lots more. The nursing home PAC’s maximum contribution suggests she’ll be on board with the Medicaid expansion, which continues to the bonanza nursing homes have enjoyed from federal dollars in recent years.


While Davis’ money comes from the sometimes monolithic permanent big business lobby at the Capitol, the individual PAC contributors are broader based than Bailey’s singular patron.

You can see all her contributors here.


Davis’ report is agood indication of how the so-called ethics amendment with its limit on corporate contributions is easily skirted by corporate PACs and lobby firms that depend on corporations for their income. Legal, perhaps. But cleaner government? Not hardly.

The PAC stacking also is worth a look. For example, the two DBH PACs that sent Bruce Hawkins-controlled money to Davis included money from a range of clients in 2017 filin gs, but also reported $5,000 contributions to each from the Southland casino in West Memphis. It could double up its contributions to a candidate, depending on how Hawkins allots the money. The two PACs can gave Davis $2,700 each, while individual contributors are limited to $2,700. Existing Ethics Commission policy says PAC contributions should not be stacked as a way around individual limits, but to date nobody has pressed such a case.

Davis’ many friends in the lobbying community perhaps reflect her own past work as a lobbyist for Arkansas Tech. She now works for SAS and is a member of the Russellville School Board

Luke Hefley is the third Republican in the race. At the moment, there’s no report on file for him in the secretary of state’s online system.


Teresa Gallegos is running as a Democrat for the seat. She’s raised $5,798, all from individuals, including dozens of small donors, and no PAC money.