LITTLE ROCK — A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr improperly redacted his cell phone number from records his office released under a Freedom of Information Act request.

LITTLE ROCK — A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr improperly redacted his cell phone number from records his office released under a Freedom of Information Act request.


According to the suit filed by lawyer and liberal blogger Matt Campbell in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Campbell submitted a request Oct. 17 for billing and usage of all phones, including land lines and cell phones, assigned to the lieutenant governor’s office.


A spokeswoman for Darr later told Campbell she had redacted Darr’s cell phone from the records at Darr’s request. Some employees’ personal cell phones had been redacted as well, making it impossible to tell from the records when Darr’s cell phone was used, according to Campbell.


Campbell argues in the suit that Darr’s phone number appears in the phone logs because Darr chose to use if for official business and that the state Freedom of Information Act does not allow elected officials to conduct state business in secret by using personally owned phones.


The suit asks for a court order requiring Darr to release the records without his cell phone number redacted.


Darr did not immediately return a call Monday afternoon seeking comment.


The suit is not the first complaint Campbell has filed against the Republican lieutenant governor. The state Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint by Campbell alleging that Darr violated state ethics laws by, among other things, using campaign contributions on items such as airline tickets, flowers, fuel, clothing and Razorback season tickets.


Darr has said the expenditures were intended to repay loans he made to his campaign and that he was not aware that state campaign laws did not allow loans to be repaid in that way.


After the Ethics Commission announced it was investigating Darr, he withdrew as a candidate in the 4th District congressional race. He has not said whether he will run for re-election.


Darr campaigned for lieutenant governor on promises to bring more transparency to state government. He led the push for the creation of Transparency.Arkansas.gov, a state website that tracks government spending and was approved by the Legislature in 2011.