The Republican Party of Arkansas executive committee voted last week to raise the filing fees for candidates for the 2012 election cycle.
- State Representative fees doubled from $1,500 in 2010 to $3,000 in 2012.
- State Senate fees increased from $4,000 in 2010 to $7,500 in 2012.
- Congressional filing fees increased from $7,500 in 2010 to $12,500 in 2012.
House Republican Minority Leader John Burris commented that he felt the increases would not hurt the party’s ability to still recruit top-notch candidates.
"The Democrats have never had any trouble recruiting and I don’t think we will either," said Burris. "You can pay $3,000 to run with Barack Obama or you can pay $3,000 to be on the ticket with the guy who is against Barack Obama."