LITTLE ROCK — A member of state Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s campaign team said Milligan fired him Wednesday and directed him to hand over all records from the campaign to the treasurer’s office.

LITTLE ROCK — A member of state Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s campaign team said Milligan fired him Wednesday and directed him to hand over all records from the campaign to the treasurer’s office.


Also Wednesday, Milligan said an investigation by his office had "fully cleared" another campaign staffer, who also is a current employee of the treasurer’s office, of any violations of campaign or ethics laws.


Rick Meyer, who served as treasurer for Milligan’s campaign, said he received the news of his firing in a text from Milligan on Wednesday evening, shortly after being contacted by the Arkansas News Bureau regarding emails he had received from Jason Brady, who was Milligan’s volunteer campaign manager and is now his deputy chief of staff.


Milligan, a Republican, defeated Democrat Karen Sealy Garcia in November to win the treasurer’s office. Meyer said he had continued working for the campaign after the election because the campaign was left with a debt of about $50,000 to repay.


The Arkansas News Bureau reported Sunday that emails sent by Brady in 2013 and 2104 — obtained from a source other than Meyer — show that Brady frequently conducted business for Milligan’s campaign during regular business hours while using an email account provided to him by his then employer, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.


The non-partisan organization does not support or oppose political candidates.


The emails also show that Brady made plans for a campaign conference call to be conducted via the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Conference Center.


A March 11, 2014, email shows that Brady asked a vendor to add $308.96 to a bill to the campaign and then reimburse him in that amount.


"For my job security, I can NOT be listed anywhere on a campaign contribution report," Brady said in the email, whose listed recipients include Jim Harris, now Milligan’s chief of staff.


Milligan placed Brady on three days of paid leave starting Monday. On Wednesday, Milligan said his office was unable to verify the authenticity of paper copies of the emails that the Arkansas News Bureau provided.


"Not long after the campaign ended, we closed out the campaign email account so as not to incur further costs," Milligan said in a written statement. "We have tried to recoup that email account to find the emails in question; but we no longer have access to them. We cannot validate the paper copies of the emails given to the media as far as time stamps nor from what email account might they have been sent."


Meyer is listed as a recipient on many of the emails, as are Milligan and Harris. Meyer said Wednesday that after receiving Milligan’s text he did not feel comfortable releasing his copies to the news media.


Asked if any of his copies of the emails showed they were sent on a cancer.org account, Meyer said, "I’m not going to confirm or deny."


Milligan spokesman Grant Wallace did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday evening seeking comment.


Milligan also fired his outreach manager, David Singer, on Monday. The office has declined to state a reason for the firing, and Singer said he was not given a reason.


Brady released a written statement Friday that offered an explanation for the cancer.org emails, not a denial.


"Unfortunately, I had three email accounts on my personal phone- personal, American Cancer Society and Milligan campaign. These emails appear to have inadvertently and unknowingly been sent from my previous employers email system. I regret this unfortunate mistake," Brady said in the statement.


Milligan said in his statement Wednesday, "Last week, I asked Brady to take a few days off to learn more about his personal actions during the campaign. While he was out of the office, as part of our due diligence to the taxpayers of Arkansas, we made sure Brady was not conducting any political activity on state time nor using state equipment, and he was fully cleared.


"Let me stress, nothing tied to this issue has anything to do with Brady while he has been a state employee. He has not violated any state laws or ethical guidelines while employed in my office. This issue is about what he did or did not do while he was as a private citizen in the private sector."


Milligan said he was sending a personal letter to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and was including a contribution from him and Brady, "for any public harm this situation has caused their organization."


He added, "If ACSCAN conducts their own internal review and finds cost associated with my campaign, I have asked they let me know and they will be made whole."


Ray Carson, ACSCAN’s associate director of media advocacy for the south region, was asked Wednesday evening if the organization had assisted Milligan’s office in its investigation.


"They have not contacted us," Carson said.


Carson said the organization has launched an internal review but said he could not discuss details.


Milligan also addressed the email in which Brady asked a vendor for reimbursement.


"We also know that Brady worked with a vendor hired by the campaign to manage our Facebook page. We reviewed what Brady did on behalf of my campaign and have seen where it was done so from his personal/private funds. He turned the bills over to and was reimbursed by the vendor. Those expenditures were included in the vendor’s bill submitted to my campaign, paid for with campaign funds and reported on my campaign expenditure and contribution reports," Milligan said.


The vendor, Shaun McFarland of Benton-based YourAdTeam, said Wednesday he does not share confidential information about his clients.


Graham Sloan, executive director of the state Ethics Commission, would not comment on a specific campaign but said that generally, "if somebody is out there buying stuff on behalf of the campaign out of their own pocket, I would advise them to report that as a loan."


Sloan said loans to campaigns are considered contributions and are subject to the cap on campaign contributions, which the Legislature raised this year from $2,000 to $2,700.


"If somebody loaned the campaign money, that’s reportable," he said.


Milligan’s campaign contribution and expenditure report for March 2014 shows that McFarland was paid $5,644. It says the campaign received no loans.


Milligan concluded his statement to the media Wednesday, "I look forward to returning back to the work the people of Arkansas elected me to do and to continue to see the success of my Investments Department and reviewing new technologies for continued transparency."