State Sen. Gene Jeffress is having trouble keeping his congressional campaign in compliance with the Federal Election Commission.
Obviously, following their rules is not of much importance to him. His response has been to sort of to shrug his shoulders and say that it is “malarkey.”
It looks like his non-compliance is not limited to his finance reports, but also his campaign materials. His volunteers this weekend handed out fans and push cards, which fail to have the proper disclosure as required by the FEC on it that discloses who paid for the ad.
Even the sign shown below does not contain this. I wonder how much of his limited campaign funds he has spent on this material.
It is this type of sloppiness that likely helped earn Jeffress the number two spot this week by Buzz Feed Politics.
Personally, I disagree with Buzz Feed. I don’t think Jeffress is crazy; I just think he is a nice state senator who is in way over his head running for Congress.
UPDATE – The Republican Party of Arkansas filed a complaint on this with the FEC on Monday.
UPDATE II - I spoke with a huffy Sen. Jeffress this evening who admitted that his current material is not in compliance and will not be used. An order for new materials was put in today.
He also bemoaned that he felt Republicans were “being mean” to him by filing a complaint. I asked if he thinks it is fair to expect him to follow the rules. He admitted he does not know the FEC rules as well as he should, but said he does his best to comply after someone informs him that he is not in compliance.
“People in the Fourth District don’t care about this issue. What they should be concerned with is who is pouring all this money into my opponent’s campaign to try and buy this election,” said Jeffress.
After a long discussion about how nasty he believes the race is, he oddly began to brag about a hit piece he has coming on his opponent, Tom Cotton. Apparently, he has a paper Cotton wrote in college that he plans to use to paint him as soft on the Second Amendment. He declined to give any additional details.