LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday approved a revised version of a proposed ballot measure she approved previously that would require reporting of contributions to independent political ads.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday approved a revised version of a proposed ballot measure she approved previously that would require reporting of contributions to independent political ads.


Rutledge certified the popular name and ballot title of the proposed initiated act, titled the Campaign Finance Act of 2016, which was submitted by the ballot question committee Regnat Populus and is backed by several groups that support campaign finance reform.


The measure would require outside groups that spend at least $2,000 on political ads to disclose their donors and would urge Congress to support, and the Arkansas Legislature to ratify, a constitutional amendment declaring that Congress and the states have the power to limit spending on elections and to distinguish between people and corporations in setting those limits.


Rutledge approved an earlier version of the proposal on June 11. David Couch, co-chairman of Regnat Populus, said Friday he later re-submitted the measure after revising it to state that the disclosure requirements apply to ballot question committees and legislative question committees.


Supporters must collect 67,887 signatures of registered Arkansas voters to place the measure on the November 2016 ballot.