LITTLE ROCK — A North Little Rock woman said Thursday she has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against Republican candidate for state treasurer Dennis Milligan over possible violations of state ethics laws.

LITTLE ROCK — A North Little Rock woman said Thursday she has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against Republican candidate for state treasurer Dennis Milligan over possible violations of state ethics laws.


Milligan said the complaint was meant to divert attention from ethics issues of his Democratic opponent, Karen Sealy Garcia.


Lindsay Brown said in a news release her complaint alleges that Milligan failed to disclose some of his income on his statement of financial interest and left several questions unanswered on the form.


She also accused Milligan of accepting contributions from entities that were not properly registered with the secretary of state’s office and failing to file a final campaign finance report for the May primary election.


"The state treasurer’s office has been plagued with ethical problems due to the last person elected to that position. Arkansas can’t afford to another elected official with questionable ethics," Brown said.


The office of state treasurer has been vacant since Democrat Martha Shoffner resigned May 21, 2013, following her arrest on public corruption charges. She was convicted on federal charges of extortion and bribery in March and is awaiting sentencing.


Milligan is the Saline County circuit clerk. Garcia is a Hot Springs city director and a former accountant for Weyerhaeuser Corp.


In a statement Thursday, Milligan called the complaint a "desperate" attempt to divert attention from a possible finding that Garcia violated ethics laws.


Daniel Singer of White Hall filed a complaint with the Ethics Commission in July alleging that Garcia accepted improper contributions, failed to file a final campaign finance report for the May primary election and failed to disclose information about certain contributions and expenses.


Milligan said the Ethics Commission launched an investigation into the complaint against Garcia and is expected to issue a ruling on Friday, but the commission has not yet determined whether there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation into the complaint against him.


"I’m the best candidate for that office, so throwing mud is all the Democrat candidate has to fall back on as we have seen today," he said.