More money is coming from the opaque Republican State Leadership Committee’s judicial election effort in support of David Sterling, the overtly Republican candidate attempting to unseat Justice Courtney Goodson from her nonpartisan Supreme Court seat.

As I’ve said before, the RSLC raises millions from corporate sources, and makes some disclosure to the IRS, but makes no specific disclosure in Arkansas filings as an “independent” expenditure committees.


Today, it announced a new TV ad that wraps up Sterling in word and images with God, Donald Trump and Asa Hutchinson. He also gets a testimonial from Neva Baker, who I believe is Columbia County Republican chair. So much for nonpartisansip on the bench.

The RSLC also faults Goodson for appearing on Facebook in a judicial robe in a setting that looks like the Supreme Court chamber. It says ethics rules prohibit Goodson from using court facilities in an ad. It also objects to her reference to “dark money” because of its IRS disclosure. When it identifies the specific sources of its spending in Arkansas, it will have a better case for transparency.


Meanwhile, a spokesman said the group would be spending “Multiple six figure in our initial buy.”