LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday dismissed complaints that alleged Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and state Treasurer Dennis Milligan violated state law by campaigning for Mike Huckabee during usual business hours.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday dismissed complaints that alleged Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and state Treasurer Dennis Milligan violated state law by campaigning for Mike Huckabee during usual business hours.


The complaints by Little Rock lawyer and blogger Matt Campbell alleged that on Jan. 27 and 28, Rutledge and Milligan campaigned in Iowa for Huckabee, then a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, in violation of a state law that prohibits public servants from devoting time or labor during usual business hours to the campaign of any other candidate for office.


On Friday the five-member Ethics Commission voted 3-0, with members Tony Juneau and Ashley Younger recusing, to dismiss the complaints.


Graham Sloan, the commission’s executive director, said in letters to Rutledge and Milligan that the commission has said previously the term "candidate" in this context applies to a candidate for a public office in Arkansas and "excludes an individual who is seeking nomination for or election to a federal office."


Last month, a complaint by Campbell led to the Ethics Commission’s fining Milligan $400 and issuing him a public letter of warning for failing to report certain contributions, expenditures and disposals of assets from his 2014 campaign for treasurer in a timely manner.